Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 12016 connect 2016 | as the foremost peace-building organization in ireland, the char- ity co-operation ireland has been leading the way in improving rela- tions between the main catholic and protestant communities in northern ireland and the republic of ireland for nearly 40 years. Its work complements many of the objectives set by the Northern Ireland Executive in their Fresh Start Agreement. One of its key elements highlights the Executive’s aims of supporting those people who are determined to make the transition away from paramilitarism. An example of a Co-operation Ireland project seeking to do this is the LEGaSI Project. For the past 18 months, the LEGaSI team has created a project which aims to increase and strengthen the capacity of working class Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist communities in Northern Ireland through the provision of learning and skills development opportunities. Funded by a $1 million Flagship investment from The Ireland Funds, the LEGaSI project is now taking an innovative approach to working with these working class communities, who are acknowledged to have a poorer level of social development than their Catholic neighbors, resulting in lower levels of political engagement and social cohesion in these communities. The financial support from The Ireland Funds has enabled us to develop practical peace- building initiatives and this program effec- tively illustrates this approach. LEGaSI, whilst still in its infancy has been extremely successful in building the capacity and confidence of many Protestant communities as well as being influential in building bridges with the Catholic community. In collaboration with a wide spectrum of orga- nizations, the LEGaSI team has created a variety of ‘islands’, that reflect the learning needs of the community.Participantsselectthoseislandsthey need more knowledge of and with this knowledge participants can develop a vision for their com- munity and become agents of change in their own communities. To date, islands on crowd funding, law and order, public speaking and the media have been hugely popular. Participants have particularly welcomed the fact they have been able to talk directly to those organizations that make decisions about their communities. Both the police and the Parades Commission, which makes determinations on many controversial parades in Northern Ireland, have taken part and were able to discuss the processes they adhere to when making decisions on sensitive parades. by peter sheridan, Chief Executive, Co-operation Ireland CO-OPERATION IRELAND