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ISSUE 4: Oct 2013

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Welcome to BORDER-ZINE...

the E-Zine from the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD).

This information service is an initiative made possible with funding from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body. It is part of our larger INTERREG IVA Project - the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross Border Cooperation Observatory, Phase 2 – otherwise known as INICCO-2 that is being jointly managed and delivered by CCBS and ICLRD.

The E-zine is now published monthly.

We welcome your contributions on forthcoming cross-border events, research and other cross-border projects.
If you would like to use our online information bulletin please send your event or news item by email to CarolAnne Murphy by the last working day of the month for inclusion in the next issue.


Here at the Centre for Cross Border Studies, we have received positive comments and feedback about our ezine. It seems many of you appreciate our collection of news items, events, links and all things cross-border, so thank you for your support.

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We now publish monthly summaries (in PDF format) of Parliamentary references to cross-border issues on our website. Both the NI Assembly and the Oireachtas (Dáil & Seanad) are covered.
Each reference has a link to the full Question, Ministerial Statement or Debate.
Read or download the reports >>


News and updates will be posted on the SAR section of the Universities Ireland website regularly.

Recent posts:


Training events for Information Advisors are now taking place in various locations on both sides of the border.
The one-day course will provide an overview of the social welfare system on the other side of the border and will focus on common cross border issues.

For more information and to apply for a place on a one-day course near you >>


The annual InterTradeIreland All Island Innovation Conference will take place in Riddell Hall, Queen’s University Belfast from 31st October to 1st November 2013. This year's conference theme is Shaping Your Organisation for Success. The objective of the conference is to bring together academics, business practitioners and policy makers interested in promoting business innovation and competitiveness.


The Potential for Cross Border Exchange and Learning in respect of change in the Community and Voluntary Sector

The Building Change Trust has commissioned an opinion piece by Andy Pollak, former CCBS Director and Brian Harvey: “The Potential for Cross Border Exchange and Learning in respect of change in the Community and Voluntary Sector.”
Download the report [PDF 4068 KB]

Seminar and Debate: Friday 18 October at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, commencing with registration at 10.30, closing at 12.45 with a networking lunch.

The event will see the report presented by Andy and Brian with considered response from the following panel of sector experts:

  • Dr Avila Kilmurray (Community Foundation for Northern Ireland)
  • Paddy Logue
  • Deirdre Garvey (The Wheel)
  • Breege Lenihan (County Monaghan Community Network)
  • Seamus McAleavey (NICVA)
  • Pete Sheridan (Co-operation Ireland)

To attend the event, please register via EventBrite

New Guide to Finding a Job in Europe

The European Employment Services (EURES) network has just published a guide to help jobseekers who set their sights on Europe to find a job.
It takes them through all the necessary steps: writing a CV, finding a job, recognition of qualifications, transfer of social rights, etc. as well as how to find the nearest EURES advisor.
More information >>
Download a free PDF version of the guide >>


ANNUAL SCoTENS CONFERENCE 10 – 11 October 2013

The annual SCoTENS conference will take place on Thursday – Friday, 10 – 11 October 2013 in the Radisson Blu Sligo Hotel.
The title of the conference will be Learning Teaching: Reimagining the Profession.

The keynote speakers are Professor John MacBeath, from the University of Cambridge and Dr Sotiria Grek from the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to the usual plenary sessions and workshops, Dr Conor Galvin from UCD and the head of the SCoTENS research sub-committee has agreed to lead a special workshop for those intending to apply for SCoTENS ‘Seed funding’ in January 2014.

For further information, please email



Take part in this year’s Europe Direct Soapbox Competition on the topic ‘Citizens are at the heart of the EU’ and be in with a chance to win an iPad and a trip to Brussels.
Regional finalists from the 8 Europe Direct Centres will then compete in the all Ireland final in Dublin Castle for a first prize of €1,000!
Entry is open to all and contestants can compete in one of two categories:

  • schools category, 18 and under
  • over 18

Each contestant must present a three minute speech for or against the topic at a regional final before a public audience and a panel of judges.

Further information, including details of regional finals and links to application form and rules >>


A month of online debates in 24 languages!

Between 23 September and 23 October 2013, the European Union is organising a month of online debates on the EU Single Market. Discussion will focus on four key areas which affect people’s daily life:

  • Jobs (23-25/9): How to find work, set up a business, or get your qualification recognised in Europe?
  • Social rights (30/9-2/10): What social protection rights in the Single Market, in terms of pensions, healthcare, public services…?
  • Banks (7-9/10): What more could be done to protect consumer rights, prevent another financial crisis, and make sure that banks invest in the real economy to foster growth?
  • e-commerce (14-16/10): How easy is it to sell products online, or buy them and get them delivered across borders as a customer?

The debates will give participants the chance to network with other citizens, businesses and interest organisations in Europe. In addition, they will be able to connect with EU leaders and policy-makers. The month will be capped by a closing televised debate on Euronews on the 23/10.

Further information >>



Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding & Peace Support Operations, Advanced Certificate Programme

The International Peace and Development Training Centre is recruiting expert professionals, policy makers and practitioners for its upcoming Advanced Professional Training Programme for UN agencies, governments and national and international organisations.

IPDTC's programmes have been ranked by participants and their agencies as amongst the most professional, intensive and high quality in their field. They provide participants with the opportunity to train together with an exceptional group of experts and practitioners from around the world, coming from governments, community-based, national and international organisations, military and security forces, donors, and others.

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes:
Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding...

25-29 November 2013, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes is an in-depth operational training in program development, design, planning and implementation, drawing comprehensively on best-practice approaches from the fields of peacebuilding, development and humanitarian aid, and post-war recovery, as well as methods and approaches for strategic planning and program and organizational development. Incorporating the work of the OECD-DAC and lessons learned and approaches from national and international agencies, the DPP provides organizations and participants with methods to significantly improve the quality, relevance, and impact of their programs. Most importantly: participants engage with their actual programs and operations and use the framework of Designing Peacebuilding Programmes to learn leading methodologies in the field while improving actual work in practice.

Full fee:

  • OECD Participants: EUR 945
  • non-OECD Participants: EUR 645

(early payment, 2 courses together, multiple participants and Alumni discounts available)

Deadline for application:

  • 30th Oct: Applicants who need Romanian visa;
  • 12th Nov: Applicants who do not need Romanian visa

Full programme outline >>
or email


PLATO EBR CONNECT : Collaborate to Compete

Creating All-island Opportunities to Do Business

This all-island networking event which will take place on 4th October 2013, will be driven by satisfying the networking needs of small to medium-sized enterprises on the island of Ireland who are PLATO participant companies including PLATO EBR and PLATO Dublin and PLATO Cork – PLATO Ireland.

Friday, 4th October 2013, 8:30am – 6:00pm, Titanic Building, Belfast

Further information >>

For further queries


‘Building Resilience and Promoting Recovery’

9 – 10 October 2013, City Hotel, Derry

Counselling charity Contact and the Irish Association of Suicidology will join together for the first time to host an important two day cross-border conference on the latest international suicide prevention research and practice.

Further details

Please register your interest at  or call IAS at  + 1 353 1 6674900


The InterTradeIreland Go-2-Tender programme gives you the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts for your business, particularly on a cross-border basis.

Next seminars:

Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh
15th October 2013 and 22nd October 2013


Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI)
26th October 2013, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny

Further details


Gateways to Growth
27th November 2013, Monaghan
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with COMET Councils in Northern Ireland, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce are jointly delivering a new cross border initiative – Gateways to Growth.
The initiative will encourage participants to Supply, Buy, Network and assist in developing trading links between companies from Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.

Further details

Places on the programme are limited, so to avoid disappointment request an application form today by visiting:

‘IRELAND AND ECOCRITICISM’ Second Interdisciplinary Conference

19-21 June 2014, University College Cork
Cross-border cultural event.
More information >>
Call for Papers >>

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