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President of Ireland visits the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre

July 22, 2015 | admin

Today (Wednesday 23rd July, 2015) Colin and Wendy Parry welcome President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to the international Peace Centre. Also in attendance will be the Queen’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs M.B.E. and the Mayor and first citizen of Warrington, Cllr. Geoff Settle.

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The President and guests will tour the Centre, which was established in memory of the two boys killed by a terrorist bombing in Warrington in 1993, meet members of the team, learn more about the work of the charity and be able to speak with many people with whom the Foundation works.

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The Foundation receives funding from the Irish Government’s Reconciliation Fund run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is one of the few organisations based in Great Britain that is funded to undertake reconciliation and peace work related to ‘the Troubles’.

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Colin Parry, the Foundation’s chairman and co-founder, said: “We have come a long way in the twenty years since the charity was founded. It started with our ambition to see what happened to us never happen to anyone else. That resonated with the people of Ireland and we have held close and warm relations with the Irish Government ever since.

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“We are so grateful for the support the Irish Government gives our charity, and we are delighted that the President has taken the time to provide his personal support by visiting the Peace Centre today.”

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The Foundation’s first project was about the young people of Warrington, Dublin and Belfast coming together to share their differences, but most importantly to understand that they had so much in common. We are the only organisation in Britain that undertakes this sort of work – there are many projects in terms of the north-south dimension to the continuing peace process, but only the Foundation carries forward the east-west dimension to peace.

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Please direct any enquiries to Wendy Parry at wendy.parry@foundation4peace.org or +44(0)1925 581234