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Shared Island

The government’s Shared Island initiative aims to harness the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement to enhance cooperation, connection and mutual understanding on the island and engage with all communities and traditions to build consensus around a shared future.

Vision and priorities

On 22 October 2020, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin set out the government’s vision and priorities for the Shared Island initiative in an online address. Read the full speech.

The Shared Island initiative involves:

  • working with the Northern Ireland Executive and the British Government to address strategic challenges faced on the island of Ireland
  • further developing the all-island economy, deepening North/South cooperation, and investing in the North West and border regions
  • fostering constructive and inclusive dialogue and a comprehensive programme of research to support the building of consensus around a shared future on the island

A Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach acts as a driver and coordinator of this whole of government initiative.

The Shared Island Fund was announced in Budget 2021, with €500m in capital funding available between 2021-25, ring-fenced for investment in collaborative North/South projects.

Contact us

The Shared Island unit can be contacted at:

Shared Island Newsletter

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