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Peace IV programme

The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin, told Brendan Smith (FF, Cavan Monaghan) that he had already begun a consultation process for the new Peace programme  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 7th March 2013, 53-4).  This was initiated last April by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and the first consultation ran from 28th August to 20th November, with a thousand people attending events and 173 responses.  There were 76 responses on the Peace programme, 48 on INTERREG and 49 on both programmes, the results being published by the SEUPB on 21st February.  103 came from Northern Ireland, 48 Ireland and 13 Scotland, with nine from cross-border organizations.  The highest number came from local government and then the voluntary and community sector, followed by political parties, government agencies, youth and business.  A draft programme will now be drafted by a steering committee comprising government departments, local representatives and social partners and a further consultation period would follow.