The Monaghan LCDC PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

Launch of PEACE IV Monaghan – Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council, Niamh Smyth TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Gina McIntyre SEUPB, Heather Humphreys TD, Cathy Bennett Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County council

The PEACE IV Partnership has been working on the development of programmes since March 2016; beginning with consultation and engagement sessions, public information events, focus groups, project design and development, and finally an extensive application and assessment process with the Special EU Programmes Body.

The content of the Monaghan LCDC PEACE IV Local Action Plan has now been agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government with the overarching priority of supporting peace and reconciliation within three main themes:

  • Children and Young People with a budget of €638,544.89
  • Shared Spaces and Services with a budget of €1,078,906.06
  • Building Positive Relations with a budget of €1,321,117.01


To launch the new PEACE IV Programme, a public event was held on Thursday 7th September. Representatives of the Council including the Chief Executive Eamonn O’Sullivan, Cathaerloich Councillor Cathy Bennett, Director of Community Development Paul Clifford, members of the PEACE IV Partnership, and members of the Local Community Development Committee attended the event.

Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Eamonn O’Sullivan commented, “The Monaghan Peace Plan was adopted after extensive consultation, in partnership with cross – community bodies throughout the county. I would like to thank the Peace Partnership Board, Local Community Development Committee and all who contributed to the plan”

Launch of PEACE IV Monaghan – SEUPB Gina McIntyre, Elected Representatives Cavan/Monaghan Niamh Smyth TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Heather Humphreys TD, Cathy Bennett Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County council and County Councillors Aidan Campbell, Pat Treanor & Senator Robbie Gallagher, Monaghan County Council Eamonn O’Sullivan Chief Executive, Paul Clifford Director Of Services

Representatives from SEUPB were also in attendance and provided an overview from a funding perspective. Speaking at the event Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body said; “The projects that will be supported by this funding will all play their part in opening up ‘mind-borders’ as they will encourage real local cross-community and cross-border working, which is imperative in ensuring that we in this region continue to be more outward looking.”

The launch event marked the official start of the new PEACE IV Programme, bringing together local community groups, sports clubs, church groups, youth clubs, delivery agents and activity providers, to find out how they could get involved in the Programme.

The PEACE IV Programme is an EU funded Programme designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. It is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Match-funding for this element of the PEACE IV Programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland, the Department for Rural & Community Development (Shared Spaces and Services/Building Positive Relations) and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland (Children and Young People).

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Launch of PEACE IV Monaghan – Monaghan PEACE IV Partnership Board

Launch of Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal Greenway

Monday 11th September 2017’

In partnership with Waterways Ireland, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and East Border Region Ltd., Monaghan County Council launched Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal Greenway Project on the 11th of September 2017. This cross border project was officially launched by Minster Shane Ross of the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and Minister Heather Humphreys of the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Link to official Press release here)
This €4.95m INTERREG VA funded project will extend 22km between Smithborough in County Monaghan and Middletown in County Armagh and is due to open in 2020. Click here to find out more

Ulster Canal Greenway Development

Ministers at the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) agreed proposals in June 2015 to facilitate the development of a Greenway along the route/linear corridor of the Ulster Canal from Castle Saunderson, Co Cavan to Charlemont, Co Armagh. The NSMC also agreed Waterways Ireland should undertake the role of lead partner on this project with the support of the relevant Councils and other stakeholders along the route.

The plan will bring disused sections of the canal towpath back into public use, creating a fantastic amenity for the people of the mid-Ulster region. The vision is that in addition to providing a quality sustainable transportation corridor and leisure facility for local people, the greenway network will attract visitors to this underdeveloped tourist region. This will ensure that tourism plays a bigger role in driving sustainable economic development in the region.

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