About Us

About Us

Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building organisation. We work to build a shared and cohesive society by addressing legacy issues of the conflict and facilitating…

Who We Are

Our Approach

Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building organisation. We work to build a shared and cohesive society by addressing legacy issues of the conflict and facilitating contact and collaboration between people from different backgrounds across these islands.

Under our current strategic plan, our programmes are primarily targeted at young people and marginalised communities which have experienced the worse impacts of the conflict.

We work from the level of ‘on the ground’ community work with young people from the Shankill or up the Falls Road, but then also on engagement right up to Prime Minister and Taoiseach and Tánaiste and Foreign Commonwealth level.
Peter Sheridan, CEO.
Who We Are

Vision and Mission

Co-operation Ireland works to promote and encourage interaction, dialogue, and practical collaboration between the peoples of Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Our Vision

Co-operation Ireland’s vision is of:

“A peaceful and stable island where people of all backgrounds live and work together for a better future”

Our Mission

Our mission is to sustain peace by helping to build a shared and cohesive society.Co-operation Ireland does this by working in partnership with others in these islands to:

Develop initiatives which address emerging challenges to peace

Facilitate understanding, positive relationships and co-operation across these islands, building a sense of interdependence

Create a supportive environment by building capacity, influencing policy, and developing collaboration at a strategic level

Share our learning and experience of peace building and practical co-operation internationally

Our Values

In carrying out its mission, Co-operation Ireland is guided by the following values:

Respect for People and their Rights;

Inclusion, Equality and Fairness;

Accountability, Integrity and Transparency.

For information on our work plans for the next three years, download our Strategic Plan.

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What We Do

The difference we make

Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building organisation. We work to build a shared and cohesive society by addressing legacy issues of the conflict and facilitating contact and collaboration between people from different backgrounds across these islands.

Under our current strategic plan, our programmes are primarily targeted at young people and marginalised communities which have experienced the worse impacts of the conflict.

Youth Programmes

Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building organisation. We work to build a shared and cohesive society by addressing legacy issues of the conflict and facilitating contact and collaboration between people from different backgrounds across these islands.

Under our current strategic plan, our programmes are primarily targeted at young people and marginalised communities which have experienced the worse impacts of the conflict.

All-Island Co-operation

Co-operation Ireland continues to support co-operation for mutual benefit between Northern Ireland and the Republic and works to facilitate strategic leadership for the building of good relations and collaboration across these islands.

Our flagship Local Authority Programme supports exchange of learning and practical experience around shared objectives, with over 340 people from North and South attending events and seminars during the year.

Marginalized communities

We support marginalised communities to take the lead in their own development and to capitalise on the opportunities for social and economic renewal created by the peace process. Our programmes aim to build leadership capacity and to encourage greater openness to networking and collaboration, including on a cross-community basis.

In 2017, almost 500 participants took part in three programmes targeting new and emerging leaders and previously disengaged groups. The reach of these programmes has expanded considerably over the past number of years and now includes communities from across Northern Ireland, including several areas of Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, North Antrim, Lurgan, Lisburn, and mid-Ulster.

What We Do

Our Partners

Just some of the great partners and supporters that work with us at Co-operation Ireland

Charity Commission

Co-operation Ireland is registered charity with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC101318. We are also registered with The Charities Regulator of Ireland - 20010799. In the United States we are a registered 501(c)3 charitable organisation.