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Community and Good Relations

What Is Good Relations?

The legal context of Good Relations comes from Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 which states that in addition to statutory equality duties “Public Authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and racial group.

Neither ‘good relations’ nor ‘promoting good relations’ is defined in legislation; however, the Equality Commission has developed the following working definition of ‘good relations’:

“The growth of relationships and structures for Northern Ireland that acknowledge the religious, political and racial context of this society, and that seek to promote respect, equity and trust, and embrace diversity in all its forms.

Equality Commission (Promoting Good Relations – A Summary Guide for Public Authorities) March 2008.

Services Offered

The Good Relations Team offer many services to community groups, schools, businesses, statutory agencies, etc including:

  • Advice and Support
  • Funding Information and Support to apply for non Council GR funding
  • Provision of training courses
  • Grant Aid
  • Regular communication through email bulletins, letters, phone calls, etc
  • Development of training and information resources
  • Organisation and delivery of events aimed at promoting GR
  • Organisational and policy development

Focused work with BME groups, interface groups, contested spaces groups, and all groups working on specific GR issues.


For more information on any aspect of Good Relations work contact the Good Relations Team

Angela Askin
[email protected] 
028 71 253253 Ext: 8220

Amanda Biega
[email protected]   
028 71 253253 Ext: 4298

Pauline O'Neill
[email protected]  
028 71 253253 Ext: 8221

Carol Stewart
[email protected].com  

028 71 253253 Ext: 8219

Claire Kelly
[email protected]  
028 71 253253 Ext: 4292