THE country’s leading peace-building charity were in Cork yesterday to launch a series of cross-border programmes in the city.
Representatives from Co-operation Ireland were meet by the Lord Mayor of Cork City Deirdre Clune at City Hall yesterday where the programmes were launched. The programmes will involve youth and community groups in Cork partnering with programmes in Northern Ireland in the areas of sport, recreation and education.
Co-operation Ireland has been working with communities at grass roots level for over 25 years. Chief Executive of the organisation Tony Kennedy OBE said: "Building bridges requires managing contact between the different groups and developing trust. Co-operation Ireland has built this trust with all communities throughout the island of Ireland."
The charity held a series of other events in the city yesterday and invited the chairman of Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH), Alan Crosbie, as their guest speaker.
In his speech Mr Crosbie discussed the importance of the media in today’s society and said the media has got to be better at promoting the moderate voice because, if they don’t, then they’re not telling the full truth. He also brought up the issue of the recent controversy surrounding the cartoons caricaturing Mohammed. He said the responsibility of editors is to understand that freedom of speech, freedom of expression, carries with it profound responsibilities."