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Issue 100 -  In this month's Border-Zine:


Other Cross Border News

What we're reading & watching.. 


Helen Johnston steps down as Chair of the Centre for Cross Border Studies

After ten years Helen Johnston is stepping down as chairperson of the Centre for Cross Border Studies. Over her tenure she has seen many changes in the cross border landscape with the reduction in funding sources following the economic crash in 2008, the implications of Brexit and more recently, on a positive note, the establishment of the Shared Island Unit in the Department of the Taoiseach. Helen noted the continued financial support of the Irish government during her tenure.
 “The Centre for Cross Border Studies continues to make a huge contribution to understanding those issues that have real life impact on ordinary people either side of the border. I am delighted to have contributed to that work over the last ten years especially in the current challenging circumstances.
CCBS meets Executive Office Committee to discuss civic engagement mechanisms in Protocol and TCA

The Centre for Cross Border Studies met with the Committee for the Executive Office to discuss the commitments in the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol and the Trade and Co-operation Agreement in relation to civic engagement and the opportunities for establishing mechanisms for such engagement.

The session focused on the need for structured, regular, and transparent engagement between civic society here and representatives of regional, national or EU bodies.
The Centre gave an analysis of the latest proposals to reform the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol from the European Commission and the UK Government as well as some further proposals for improved engagement.   

Common Charter
The Centre is delighted like to welcome new supporters of the New Common Charter for Cooperation within and between these Islands:
  • Advice NI is an independent advice network for Northern Ireland.
  • Creative Spark promotes and supports new and established businesses operating within the creative industries, innovation, technology, and sustainable energy sectors, in Louth and the wider north-east region.
Read more about the Charter here. If your organisation would like to learn more about the Charter or become a supporter, please contact
4th Quarterly Survey on the conditions for North-South, East West Cooperation
Calling all civic society organisations and local authorities in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Please help us to track if conditions for cooperation are being maintained and if relations between the jurisdictions are being safeguarded.  The survey remains open until 20th December.
2021 Stock Take of Cross-border Citizens' Information and Advice: supply & demand
The Border People project has noticed increase in demand for cross-border information and advice. Is your organisation experiencing similar?  Do you have cross-border experts within your team?  Would your organisation be interested in cross-border training or opportunities for collaboration?   

If your organisation provides free information and advice to citizens, and is based in Ireland or Northern Ireland, we'd really appreciate if you complete a quick, 4 minute, survey to help us stock-take and plan ahead!  

SCoTENS - Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South
Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD have announced two successful projects awarded funding under the partnership between the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach and SCoTENS.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TDA call for research on the theme of “Enhancing educational attainment: sharing experience and learning on a shared island” was issued earlier this year with funding of up to €25,000 per project available. Projects are North-South research partnerships, with contributions from international experts, which will conduct action-based research on tackling educational underachievement.

The first two projects which have been awarded funding are:
  •  “BUDDIES” – led by Dr Glenda Walsh, Stranmillis University College, Belfast, in collaboration with Dr Seaneen Sloan, University College Dublin and Clíodhna Martin, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. Building on discussions of the role of Home-School Community Liaison at the Shared Island Dialogue on education, this study will seek to gain a clearer understanding of the valuable but under-researched work of HSCLs across the island.
  •  “SHARED” – led by Dr Melanie Ní Dhuinn and Dr. Julie Uí Choistealbha from Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, in collaboration with Julie Hamilton, from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. This project explores how teacher educators can prepare and support student teachers to negotiate and engage with the challenges of educational underachievement while on their school placement.
A second funding call under the Shared Island-SCoTENS research partnership on the theme, “How we teach: acknowledging, understanding and learning with others and from others on a shared island” is open for applications, with research to be undertaken in 2022-2023.
On 9 December the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union published its Final Report on the Impacts of Brexit.

The Committee makes a total of 62 recommendations across a range of areas examined by the Senators with stakeholders in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK, the EU and the United States.

Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, 24 November 2021
1. Update on the Withdrawal Agreement and the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland.
2. Update on the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the EU and the U.K.
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a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

We've really appreciated your support during 2021 and hope you'll stay in touch during 2022.

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