Sectarianism explored in Derry

Jim O'neill, Maurenn Hetherington, Johnston Mcmaster, Hillary McCollum and Derek Poole at the "Sectarian States of Northern Ireland" conference in the Waterfoot Hotel this week.  (0305JB30)
Jim O'neill, Maurenn Hetherington, Johnston Mcmaster, Hillary McCollum and Derek Poole at the "Sectarian States of Northern Ireland" conference in the Waterfoot Hotel this week. (0305JB30)
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The first ever seminar exploring sectarianism on both sides of the border has been held in Derry.

Organised by Donegal Community Workers Co-operative (DCWC), North West Community Network, Community Dialogue and The Junction , The Sectarian States of Ireland seminar took place yesterday at the Waterfoot Hotel.

The seminar incorporated the launch of DCWC’s Collective Action for Positive Peace (CAPP) project, which is funded by the Special EU Programmes Body within PEACE III.

“Lasting peace is about more than the absence of violence,” Hilary McCollum, Project Manager of CAPP.

“It is about reducing the causes of conflict and finding ways to resolve conflict without the threat or use of violence. Collective Action for Positive Peace will work collaboratively with community workers, activists and organisations on both sides of the border to embed the principles of social justice and equality within peace building in order to build a better future for everyone.”

Dr. Johnston McMaster, author of Overcoming Violence: Dismantling an Irish History and Theology was among the speakers.