Co-operation Ireland

Co-operation Ireland’s mission is

‘to underpin political agreement on the island of Ireland by building positive relationships at community level, both within Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, through the promotion of mutual understanding and co-operation’.

We do this by working with groups from all religious and cultural communities to build vibrant societies based on the principles of respect for diversity and peace and reconciliation.

Co-operation Ireland is the leading peace-building charity on the island of Ireland.  Since it was established in 1979, Co-operation Ireland has created opportunities for groups from the two main religious communities in Northern Ireland and from both sides of the border to come together so they can learn about each other’s traditions and cultural backgrounds in order to help build a society which is based on tolerance and acceptance of cultural difference.

Our programmes involve linking groups in the following areas and sectors:

  • Schools and universities
  • Youth and community groups
  • Local authorities
  • Media
  • Local and central government

Co-operation Ireland is experienced in

  • Projects which break down sectarianism and racism
  • Encouraging integration of communities across the island of Ireland
  • Delivering funding programmes, which encourage the creation of vibrant societies
  • Developing bespoke peace and reconciliation programmes for groups and organisations
  • Organisation and management of events, conferences and fundraising challenges, which promote community engagement


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