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£210k funding boost for CRJ

Community Restorative Justice Newry Armagh (CRJNA) has received more than £210,000 of funding from the the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) which will be used on projects that will deliver positive change for the local community. 

The organisation, based in Ballybot House in Newry is one of 17 groups to benefit from the IFI who have invested £2.6m in community projects across Ireland.

The funding has been allocated through the Peace Impact Programme (PIP), Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) and Peace Walls Programme (PWP). 

Welcoming the funding, CRJNA, project coordinator, Ewan Morgan said, “Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behaviour.  It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. CRJ Newry / Armagh provides a safe and confidential community service which is available to all. 

“CRJ’s trained staff and practitioners are impartial, their role is to provide a safe and structured format that brings local people together to enable them to resolve issues that are affecting their quality of life.”

Speaking about the recent successful ‘South Armagh Talks Back’ engagement in Crossmaglen which was funded through the IFI, Mr Morgan said it aimed to “provide the voluntary and business communities with opportunities to contribute toward the economic, social and cultural development of the south Armagh area”.

CRJNA will use the funding injection to expand its project across Newry, south Armagh and border villages in Louth and Monaghan for two years. It will offer training, capacity building, essential skills, mental health awareness, youth intervention, local mediation and negotiation, cross- community peace building and engagement.