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Issue 131: July 2005

Launch of Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs

Mid-June saw the launch of the Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs (ICJSA) and its advisory board. The ICJSA is a commission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and combines the work of the previous Irish Commission for Justice and Peace and the Council for Social Welfare. It is chaired by Bishop Raymond Field and its role is to support the bishops in promoting the social teaching of the Church and to advise on issues of social concern nationally and internationally; the other members are Most Rev Diarmuid Martin, Most Rev Colm O’Reilly, Most Rev John Kirby and Most Rev Gerard Clifford; the members of the advisory board are Mr Justin Kilcullen (Trócaire), Ms Deirdre Carroll (NAMHI), Mr David Begg (ICTU), Rev Dr Eoin Cassidy (Mater Dei), Prof William Binchy (TCD), Prof Patricia Casey (Mater Hospital, Dublin), Sr Joan Roddy (Refugee Project), Prof Patrick Murphy (Rostrevor), Fr Timothy Bartlett (Secretary of ICJSA), Mrs Anne Gibson (Fermanagh), Sr Maureen O’Connell (Presentation Justice Network), Prof Ray Kinsella (Smurfit Business School), Ms Sylvia Thompson (Kerry Diocesan Justice, Peace and Creation Committee), Prof Eda Sagarra (TCD), Ms Paula Dowd (HEO and Researcher for ICJSA) and Mr Martin Long (Director of Communications, Irish Bishops’ Conference). An immediate statement from ICJSA at the time of its launch called for the Irish Government to honour the UN aid target of 0.7% of GNI. Priorities will be set in due course in consultation between the commission and advisory board. ICJSA contact points: ICJSA, Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co Kildare, e-mail and phone 01 – 5053016.

Glencree Summer School / Glencree Education Jobs
Summer School takes place from 26 - 28 August on the topic “Are we all minorities now?” .In the context of new challenges, where people from both parts of Ireland are challenged to understand and accommodate a broader range of cultural diversity than has previously been the case, the same old question of “how do we accommodate diversity”? still requires an answer. By working towards an answer, the Glencree Summer School seeks to promote a sense of shared responsibility for our past and for our future. The Glencree Centre for Reconciliation believes that the healing of the wounds from our troubled past and the building of inclusive societies in Ireland North and South is a responsibility which we all share regardless of our position in those societies. A broad range of representatives with political, religious, business and a variety of community interests will inform and stimulate the discussion and debate. The cost of residential participation in the Glencree Summer School is €150/STG£100 which includes all meals, accommodation in shared rooms and summer school fees. The non-residential cost which includes all meals and summer school fees is €100/STG£75. You can enquire about the limited number of bursary places. To register, please complete the registration form available from: Helen Browne, Summer School Secretariat, Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, Glencree, Co.Wicklow. Phone: 01 – 2829711 or email: and

Glencree is currently looking for an Education and Training Development Officer to work as part of the Education Team in the development and accreditation of training for volunteers, staff and client groups; further info from, and applications (by CV) by 8th July to Conn Mulvenna, Education Centre Manager at Glencree,

It is also looking for occasional facilitators for its Peace Education Programme at primary and secondary level; further details and application form also from Conn Mulvenna.

Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway
The Irish Centre for Human Rights was founded at the beginning of 2000 and is dedicated to the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. It has a director (Prof William Schabas) and 4 permanent lecturers, and other additional lecturers and doctoral fellows. It is autonomous but based at the National University of Ireland, Galway. It engages in teaching where it has an LLM programme in International Human Rights Law and also in Peace Support Operations, as well as a PhD programme, and it participates in the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA). It is also involved in a variety of research and advocacy projects which range from addressing legal issues of a domestic nature, those specific to transitional justice situations and the adoption of international human rights standards abroad. It runs two summer schools, a Minority Rights Law Summer School which took place in June, and an International Criminal Court Summer School which runs from 9th – 14th July - speakers at this year’s course include Judge Sang-Hyun Song of the International Criminal Court and Richard Dicker of Human Rights Watch. There are still a limited number of places available for the course, for further details and online registration. ICHR publishes a quarterly news Bulletin which is available on its website and gives up to date information on events and publications. Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Galway, ph 091 – 493948, Fax 091 494575, e-mail and web

Journey towards healing – Trauma
Trauma is not an area where many of us are, or feel, competent, and where we do not feel competent we are wise to be wary of being involved. But on the other hand, feeling that something is beyond us can mean it is poorly understood and therefore we are unable to help those who might need our assistance. A useful resource “Journey towards healing – A faith-based resource on trauma” has been published by the Victims Unit of OFMDFM in Northern Ireland (based on work by an inter-faith group). While this grows out of the experience of the Troubles, it is specifically geared to assist with any kind of trauma – the case studies mentioned in the booklet include trauma through the Troubles, suicide, car accident, and racist attack. The 20 page booklet includes brief information on understanding trauma, recognising trauma symptoms, trauma and faith, trauma and grief, and helpful hints, as well as support contacts in Northern Ireland (the material is useful more widely). The booklet is published by the Victims Unit of OFMDFM (Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, and e-mail but is online on a separate website.

One minute for Peace……
Pax Christi Ireland is endorsing the initiative to observe One Minute for Peace at 11:02am on Tuesday the 9th August, the 60th Anniversary of the last major humanitarian catastrophe of the Second World War (the Nagasaki bombing).

Meanwhile on that day, 9th August, Pax Christi have a day long programme of events for World Culture of Peace Day in Cork (see NN129); events run from 10 a.m. through to the evening, for full details e-mail or phone Gearóid Duffy at 021 – 4541207. Pax Christi Ireland is at 52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, phone 01- 496 5293, e-mail

Reconciliation : rhetoric or relevant?
Reconciliation can be a difficult term which some people are afraid to use, or else disagree with, partly because it can be seen as having connotations of giving up cherished possessions in terms of identity and heritage – or even a threat to our own justified prejudices! A current project of Democratic Dialogue (DD) is putting the whole area under the spotlight. Democratic Dialogue Report 17, “Reconciliation: rhetoric or relevant”, edited by Gráinne Kelly and Brandon Hamber, was published earlier this year based on a round table discussion in 2004, and another report is due this September. DD Report 17 is 60 pages and includes material by Luc Huyse, Colin Craig, Gráinne Kelly and Brandon Hamber, Ed Garcia, Avila Kilmurray, Noreen Callaghan, and Monica McWilliams; it is a broad-ranging but also detailed look at the topic mainly in the Irish context but with considerable international input. ISBN 1 900281 16 3, price £7.50 individuals/£10 institutions/£4 unwaged.

Report 18 will be entitled “A place for reconciliation” and written entirely by Gráinne Kelly and Brandon Hamber; this looks in detail at a study of the concept of reconciliation in three district council areas in Northern Ireland. What emerged was an uneasiness with the concept and a vagueness about its meaning – and a question mark over the capacity of councils, expected by the ‘A Shared Future’ policy framework to generate good relations strategies, to rise above local sectarian politics. But the definition of reconciliation advanced by the researchers has been taken up by the Special EU Programmes Body for Peace II.

Democratic Dialogue, 23 University Street, Belfast BT7 1FY, phone 028 – 90220050, e-mail and web

TIDES training
TIDES Training will be delivering OCN (Open College Network) Level 2 accredited training on Conflict Management and Good relations, and OCN Level 3 Conflict Management in the autumn period (both courses fully funded by CRC). TIDES (Transformation Interdependence Diversity Equity Sustainability) works across the voluntary, community and public sectors.. For further details on TIDES see NN121. For details and an application form; TIDES, 48 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AZ, phone 028 – 90 20 20 26, e-mail web

MNI Plans
Mediation Northern Ireland have produced a corporate plan which sets out their agenda for the next three years. They say that as a mediation development agency, their intention is to be a resource to the growing field of mediation practitioners through the provision of training, the facilitation of learning and the development of practice. Copies of the plan are available from MNI's office. It will be on their website from August. MNI, 83 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP, phone 028 - 90438614, e-mail and web

EAPPI opportunities
As Paul Riordan from Northern Ireland goes out for a tour with EAPPI, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, opportunities exist for service in 2006 based in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel. EAPPI accompanies Palestinians and Israelis in their nonviolent actions and advocacy to end the occupation. Contracts are for 3 months and people should be involved with ecumenical and/or peace networks in Britain or Ireland, mature (preferably over 25), committed to nonviolence etc. Deadline for applications is 12th August this year. Application packs available or contact: Lynda MacInnes & Teresa Parker, EAPPI Programme Coordinators, QPSW, 173 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ. Phone 020 7663 1144, e-mail:


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