In September 2017 Co-operation Ireland in partnership with the Mitchel Institute (QUB), INCORE (Ulster University) and the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) were successfully awarded a tender from The Executive Office (TEO) to develop a project to build capacity in eight geographic areas that have historically been most impacted by paramilitarism, criminality and organised crime.

This project is part of the Northern Ireland Executives Action Plan to Tackle Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised crime. More information about other projects and activities taking place across the wider Tackling Paramilitarism Programme can be found here.

Our areas of focus:

  • Antiville and Kilwaughter in Larne together with Northland and Castlemara in Carrickfergus 
  • Brandywell and Creggan in Derry/Londonderry
  • Kilcooley (Clandeboye 2&3 SOA) and Rathgill (Conlig 3 SOA) in North Down
  • Drumgask and Kilwilkie in Lurgan
  • Lower Falls, Twinbrook, Poleglass, Upper Springfield, Turf Lodge and Ballymurphy in West Belfast
  • New Lodge and Greater Ardoyne in North Belfast  
  • Shankill (upper and lower, including Woodvale) in West Belfast 
  • The Mount and Ballymacarrett in East Belfast  

Find out more on why these areas were chosen here.

Between November 2017 and March 2018, the CIT consortium conducted an engagement process in each of the selected eight areas. The process included a desk-based review of the locality in conjunction with interviews and focus groups with a range of stakeholders in each area, including services providers, community groups, faith-based groups, elected representatives, the business sector, residents and others.

The findings from Phase 1 have been collated into eight area based reports. These include suggested interventions for each area under seven transition themes which emerged from the fieldwork.

Phase 2 of the project involved our CIT consortium re-engaging with communities in each area in a participatory design process. The purpose of this phase was to involve the community in the development of projects or interventions that they feel are most needed in their areas. A series of workshops took place throughout January and February 2019 around the seven transition themes identified during Phase 1. These events were publicly advertised and open to all who wished to attend. A written summary of a number of these workshops is available on the Reports section of this page, which outlines the proposed intervention(s) suggested by participants.

Tender opportunities are now live. To find out more click here.

If you require any further information please contact the CIT Team: [email protected]