Reconciliation News

Captain Doug Beattie of the 1st Ballalion, the Royal Irish Ranger

‘Release more classified Troubles files’ call from former soldier

Captain Doug Beattie of the 1st Batallion, the Royal Irish Regiment argues that information regarding killing of civilians should be released and give closure to the victims. “To me, the victims are really, really important.” Read more
Newsletter 11 December 2015

Fr Gerry Reynolds

Tributes paid to ‘champion’ of peace process Fr Reynolds

The rector of Clonard Monastery, Fr Noel Kehoe, said Fr Reynolds would be “greatly missed by his Redemptorist confreres and colleagues, his family, friends and the many people whose lives he touched through his ecumenical, peace and reconciliation ministries”. Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said Fr Reynolds was a “champion of the peace process” who “was central to efforts to develop a peace process years before it eventually took root and he believed totally in the primacy of dialogue”. Read more
-The Irish Catholic 3 December 2015

Priest who played key part in Northern Ireland peace process dies aged 80

Fr Gerry Reynolds, a Redemptorist priest based at Clonard Monastery in west Belfast, died in the city’s Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday morning after a short illness. He was 80.
The monastery was the focus of secret negotiations between Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume that provided an impetus for the start of the peace process in the early 1990s. Read more
Belfast Telegraph 30 November 2015

EU PEACE ministers

Consolidating peace and deepening reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border region of Ireland

Today the European Commission adopted the new EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE IV) worth almost 270 million euro, with 229 million euro coming from the European Regional Development Fund. Read more published European Commission 30 November 2015

Ex-British soldiers with ex-iIRA members

Road to reconciliation: ex-IRA members and British soldiers come face to face

Former enemies in rare meeting decades after conflict discuss why they took up arms, in effort to learn lessons from the past. Read more

The Guardian 4 March 2015


Irish president Michael D Higgins

Irish president talks of lasting reconciliation in historic speech

In the first address to the British parliament by an Irish president, Higgins hailed the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland as a “momentous” achievement that was a key milestone on the “road to today’s warm, deep and enduring Irish-British friendship”
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The Guardian 8 April 2014

Kilmichael-memorial cross

Opinion: Remembrance and Reconciliation: Heroes in the Irish War of Independence

..troubles linger, and these issues cast a shadow over the “Decade of Commemoration.Many of these troublesome issues stem from lingering hatreds arising during the period now being celebrated. Read more 13 March 2014

irish soldiers in Second World War

Apology and amnesty for World War II soldiers who were branded deserters

The Second World War Amnesty and Immunity Bill 2012 was brought in to recognise the courage and bravery of around 5,000 soldiers court-martialled or dismissed from the Defence Forces for absenting themselves without leave or permission.
Read more 7 May 2013

Royal Irish Regiment troops

British and Irish troops to set up infantry training team in Mali

Joint operation will be the first time soldiers from the two countries have worked together since Ireland won independence
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The Guardian 18 February 2013

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