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Number 181: Juy 2010

Glencree Summer School: …for a new generation
The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation’s annual Summer School will take place from 27th to 29th August and focuses on the role of youth in providing political leadership in sustaining and advancing peace and reconciliation both on the island of Ireland and around the world; it is entitled ‘Leadership for a new generation – power, politics and participation’. In an Irish context at least this younger generation have lived most of their lives in a post violence environment. This throws up a number of interesting considerations: Do the next generation have the same prejudices and baggage carried by their parents who were essentially on a war footing in Northern Ireland? Will they have a broader perspective than the current political leadership who for the most part have existed in an environment of instability and mistrust? And does their lack of experience of conflict increase or decrease the likelihood of a resumption of old hostilities?
The format of the weekend will include panel discussions as well as an Open Space forum. Among the panel discussions for the weekend, subjects include: What kind of leadership do we need? What is the role of young people in creating change, and how do we move from a legacy of violence? The cost of attending the weekend which includes all meals and accommodation is €100. For more information or to book a place contact Emmet MacSwiney on 01- 282 9711 (00 353 1282 9711 from outside the Republic of Ireland) or email

CAJ Conference - Rethinking the Criminal Justice System
Following the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, the Criminal Justice Review Group proposed numerous reforms relating to the ‘structure, management and resourcing of publicly funded elements of the criminal justice system’ in Northern Ireland. It has been ten years since the Review and it is time to take stock.  What proposals are still unfulfilled?  What are the implications of devolution? In light of several recent expensive conferences on ‘shaping the future’ and ‘delivering excellence’ in the field of policing and criminal justice, which do not appear to sufficiently engage or involve local communities and NGOs, and do not present representative speakers, CAJ is organising a conference in the early autumn (September, date to be confirmed) to look at the opportunities and challenges of taking a human rights approach to the administration of justice, particularly in the context of devolution.  To be kept informed of conference developments or to register your interest, please contact Jacqueline at For CAJ in general see

Jobs at Mediation Northern Ireland
Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) are recruiting three posts at the moment; a Service Manager (part of the management team, managing the Services Department, assisting with policy and strategy development, and mediation), a Training & Case Co-ordinator (co-ordinating training requests, projects, and practice), and a part-time Finance Reporting Officer (responsible for routine financial reporting). The deadline for receipt of signed application forms at 83 University Street, Belfast is 2pm on Thursday 15th July 2010. Full details are on the MNI website at (go to ‘Recruitment’ under ‘Structure’ on the menu).

Kerry Earth Week, 26th September – 4th October 2010
A Diocesan Celebration of Creation & Care of Creation is organised by the Kerry Diocesan Justice, Peace & Creation Committee. All parishes have been encouraged to organise an event and have been given a Resource Booklet with ideas for projects, speakers, liturgies, useful websites etc. This is also available on In addition to the parish events the Committee are organising a series of events in Killarney from 30th September – 4th October including Fr. Sean McDonagh, Eco Theologian, speaking on ‘The Cry of the Earth’. Watch for final details on

CGE/Centre for Global Education, Belfast
The Centre for Global Education is a development non-governmental organisation that, for nearly 25 years, has provided education services to local audiences designed to enhance awareness of international development issues. The Centre's remit is to enable learners to understand the key social, economic and political factors that shape their lives both locally and internationally. It delivers global education that supports us in making decisions and taking actions that will tackle poverty and inequality, especially in poor countries. With more than one billion people living on less than a dollar a day and more than twice that number deprived of basic sanitation, the need for education and action on the issues underpinning these statistics has never been greater. As the celebrated author Alice Walker suggests, 'activism is my rent for living on this planet'.

The Centre's revised membership scheme offers new members a free copy of our Development Reader which is a comprehensive introduction to development issues. Membership also allows you to borrow resources from the Centre's extensive library of books and teaching packs on development issues. There's also a wide range of reference materials including periodicals, box files and visual aids that support research on global issues. You carry out research in the Centre's library which is open daily from 10am-12pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm. We are located at 9 University Street, Belfast, just five minutes from the Queen's University campus. Individuals or organisations engaged in education or awareness raising on development issues will find the membership of the Centre a real support to their work. Also, check out our revised web site which contains useful and free downloadable resources on development issues.

The web address is For further information contact: Information Officer, Centre for Global Education, 9 University Street, Belfast BT7 1FY, ph 028 90 241879, e-mail:

Rossport Solidarity Camp / Shell to Sea
There is much happening at Rossport and in relation to Shell to Sea, impossible to summarise in a short piece here. The Solidarity Camp reports, 25th June, that “Things are getting very busy here - after a peaceful June Gathering the camp is once more set to become a focal point for resisting Shell pipeline work. Shell are due in the estuary any day now to drill 80 boreholes - pipeline survey work that should take all summer. Today Maura Harrington was jailed for non payment of fines. Yesterday we had a very successful roof protest and blockade of Shell offices in Belmullet.” Regarding the Belmullet protest, campaigners hung a banner reading “Energy shouldn't cost the earth” from the roof of Shell offices in Belmullet on Thursday morning, 24th June, at 8am. This protest connected the environmental disaster suffered by the fishing community & people of Louisiana with the threat faced by the fishing community and people of Erris. In particular the protest was in solidarity with Pat O'Donnell who has been jailed for his courageous defence of the seas and his livelihood. The protest blocked the entrance to the offices preventing Shell workers from entering that day. Press Release and photos here:

The camp has a current ‘wish list’ of useful items required including power tools, wheelie bins, boats and outboard motors, PV panels, a trailer a Ford Transit can tow, etc. The Rossport Solidarity Camp at Glengad - across the estuary from Rossport - is open for visitors to learn about the campaign and help work with the local community against the Corrib Gas Project. We are always balancing campaign work with practical maintenance of the camp, house, office, vehicles and garden. If you are interested in any of the above please come and visit us! 
For more information see: To arrange a visit email and/or phone 085 1141170

IFOR International Summercamp; Music and Peace
This takes place from 24th July – 8th August 8 in Berlin and Joachimsthal. Discover the diversity of international music-cultures! Experience music as a bridge for international understanding and peace! We play music, we sing, dance, have fun! Costs: €120 (for East and South-East European participants €50). Includes: food, accommodation , insurance, transport to Joachimsthal and back, seminar-fees etc. For further information and registration: Martin Niemoeller Peace Center Berlin, c/o Uli Sonn   Tel. 030-8431 9550, Pacelliallee 61,  14195 Berlin,  e-mail:

Peace News Summer Camp
This runs in Oxfordshire from 23rd – 27th July which aims to be an inclusive, democratically-run experience-in-miniature of the kind of world we are trying to bring about. There is a wide variety of workshop themes including challenging the military, radicalising our lives, feminism and peace, engaging with other movements, building our skills, and debating nonviolence. There is a children’s area running through the camp, beautiful countryside and cultural activities. Entrance costs £15 - £60 depending on income and three meals a day would cost £6 - £10 per adult. Check out the camp website at or contact the camp coordinator at 07980 748 555.

It’s a dog’s life with ARAN
Every dog will have its day, in this case at the Dáil, as ARAN (Animal Rights Action Network) demonstrated in Dublin in support of a ban on the Ward Union deer hunt, and, while the Irish Dog Breeding Establishment Bill was debated ARAN was outside the gates seeking to remind those in power that Ireland needs modern animal legislation. For further information see

IPDTC 2010 Autumn Peace Academy, Romania
IPDTC is launching its 2010 Autumn Peace Academy with a range of programmes addressing the core skills, knowledge and experience of practitioners working in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, development work, humanitarian aid, gender, governance and other related areas. Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Stabilisation, Recovery, and Reconciliation takes place from 18th –  22nd of October, 2010 at Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Gender and peacebuilding: Integrating Planning and Action in the Field (IGP) from 25th– 29th of October. Both take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; see for further details. ‘Early payment’ fees are €800 for OECD countries. Mailing Address: PATRIR, OP 1 - CP 331, Cluj - Napoca 400110, Romania, ph +40 264 420 298.

Irish CND: Hiroshima Day
Irish CND will hold its annual Hiroshima Day commemoration on Friday 6th August, the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, meeting at the cherry tree in Merrion Square, Dublin 2, at 1.10 p.m.


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