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Templegrove Action Research Limited:
A Public Hearing on Minority Experiences in Derry Londonderry, Part 6



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Text: Ruth Moore, Pauline Collins, Dave Duggan & Marie Smyth ... Page Compiled: Fionnuala McKenna

References

(1) Eide, 1995. A Review and Analysis of Constructive Approaches to Group Accommodation and Minority Protection in Divided or Multicultural Societies. Norwegian Institute of Human Rights.

(2) Ibid.

(3) Vij, Charlotte (1996) "Living in the Waterside", in Fingerpost Women's issue, Derry Londonderry, Yes! Publications.

(4) Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (1995) Urban Regeneration in Londonderry : Outline Strategy Proposals 1996-1999. Derry Londonderry, DoE.







Appendix 1
Those in attendance (a.m.)

Joe O'BrienWHSS Council
Ken RooneyFountain Area Partnership
Donnie SweeneyGobnascale Family Centre
Judith GilfillanEducation Welfare Service
Pauline FerrisEducation Welfare Service
Geraldine MoranEducation Welfare Service
Carole McKeemanCruse Bereavement Care
Sharon EvansDerry Wellwoman
Phil LynchNeeds of Adults with Learning Difficulties
Donna Brennan R.N.I.B.
Martin MuldoonR.N.I.B.
Marie MooreP.A.C.
Ken DuffyRainbow (Dir)
Alison McDaidFoyle Friend
Monina O'PreyN.I.V.T.
Patricia BrayN.W. Forum of People with Disabilities
Martina LewisFoyle Victim Support
Hazel DonaldsonFoyle Victim Support

Those in attendance (p.m.)

Jacqueline TolandTraining and Employment Agency
Joe O'BrienWHSS Council
David HollowayProject Portadown
Martin McCrystalProject Portadown
Jim DorseyProject Portadown
Maire Ni Lochlainn21 Ernest Street, Derry
Lorraine HeffermanMA Peace and Conflict Studies
Maureen Hetherington Derry City Council
Ina CantrellBaha'i Community of Derry
Martha McClellandSinn Fein, 15 Cable Street, Derry

NB: others attended who did not sign in.




Appendix 2
List of submissions

Presented by:On behalf of/title (page number)
Dr A.M. Siddiqui ......................................... The Muslim Community (14)
Sheila Deery.................................................. The Needs of Young Adults with Learning Difficulties (15)
Gerry Coates and Eileen Best........................ Foyle Homeless (16)
Sally Morrison and
William McMorris.........................................

North West Visually Impaired Association (20)
Malachy Kyle................................................ The Rainbow Trust (21)
(read by Dave Duggan).................................. A Lesbian/Bisexual Perspective
by Helen Quigley (24)
Patricia Bray................................................. North West Forum of People with Disabilities (25)
Ken Rooney................................................... Fountain Area Partnership (26)
(read by Dave Duggan).................................. From a Young Protestant Woman Living in a
Majority Catholic City: anonymous (29)
Mrs Elizabeth Ward....................................... Hearing Concern (30)
Pauline Collins.............................................. From a Secular Perspective -with Ellen
Weaver, John Nelis and Barney Devine (35)
James Grant................................................... Foyle Friends (37)
Brendan McKeever........................................ Families with children with disabilities (41)
Ina Cantrell.................................................... The Baha'i Community (45)
Dr Nooshin Proudman................................... Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic
Equality (46)
Donnie Sweeney............................................ as a member of Men's Action Network (47)
Mary Kay Mullan.......................................... Travellers' Support Group (48)
Tomas O Doughaile....................................... Meanscoile Dhoire (50)
Clionagh Boyle.............................................. The Women's Centre (52)
Mrs. Winnie McClements............................. North West Hard of Hearing Club (54)

Submissions received after the hearing


Gingerbread Northern Ireland.....................… single parents (60)
AWARE............................................................ people suffering from depression and
manic depression (61)
Derry Wellwoman(63)
Derry Chinese Community...........................….. Johnny Cheung, Chinese Welfare Association (63)
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints,
Londonderry Branch......................................


Joe McGeady, Branch President (64)
Noel McCloskey.............................................. Sensory Support Service user and member of the Deaf Community (67)





Appendix 3
Budget for the project

IncomeExpenditure
Derry City Council1000
Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust1500
Inter-Church Reconciliation Fund1000
Community Relations Council1097
Total4597
Public Hearing
Facilitators Fees1400
Panel's Travelling Expenses 150
Lunch & Dinner125
Public Address System and Audio Recording 140
Transcription240
ISL Interpreter80
Rent of Venue50
Publicity126.95
Administration180
Refreshments80
Signs130
Publishing1600
Sundries130
Launch50
Venue50
Administration70
Refreshments
Total4601.95





Back Cover Details:

"The public hearing on minorities was fascinating, with many diverse individuals and groups giving eloquent and succinct submissions... While the issues raised were diverse, there were uniting themes, such as the fear from violence of certain minority groups, the experience of discrimination, and the lack of accessible information and Services."
Christine Bell

"The minority groups in this town cannot be ignored. If anything is to be learned from our recent history, then it must be at least this."
Brendan McKeever

"...the place that I, as a gay man, would like to live in...is quite simply a place where lesbian and gay people are seen, admired, respected and loved... the problems facing the lesbian and gay community are very much analogous to those facing all other minority groups...We have common cause, it seems...if we are here today for any reason, then it must be to give impetus to the changes desired."
James Grant

"Some will say that the Unionist-led governance of the past exploited Nationalists...therefore if Protestants have been, or are now, being treated adversely, that they either deserve it, or it will do them good to experience the effects of injustice which was doled out to Catholics in the past. I would suggest that such logic is perverse and does nothing to advance the process whereby we can one day live alongside one another in harmony."
Ken Rooney

"I think the whole troubles situation, this social strife, has hidden for twenty five, thirty years all the major issues... And I think it's sad that because of the troubles, we are disadvantaged even more..."
Brendan McKeever

"I found this kind of forum can make us aware our struggle is not alone...today is only the starting and I still hope more and more other people will voice their problem so that we can support each other."
Patrick Yu

"...participation in public life... is very difficult and a life in politics is very demanding particularly if you've got children and other responsibilities...more steps should be taken to promote the inclusion of women and the accommodation of women within political structures."
Clionagh Boyle

First published 1996
by Templegrove Action Research Limited
13 Pump Street, Derry Londonderry BT48 6JG
© Templegrove Action Research Limited
Typeset by Pauline Collins, Dave Duggan, Marie Smyth and Ruth Moore
Photographs by Allen Kennedy
Drawing and final editing by Marie Smyth
Printed by RCD Print Limited, Racecourse Road, Derry Londonderry
All rights reserved.
ISBN 1 900071 00 3

 

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