Reintegration: Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement

Strand Three

Prisoners

5. The Governments continue to recognise the importance of measures to facilitate the reintegration of prisoners into the community by providing support both prior to and after release, including assistance directed towards availing of employment opportunities, re-training and/or reskilling, and further education.

Implementation History

1998

Full Implementation

As the Irish and the British governments committed to the reintegration of paramilitary prisoners into society by creating job opportunities, retraining and furthering educational opportunities, a support infrastructure was created in 1998 by the European Union from the European Union Peace and Reconciliation Fund grant. It was reported that the Belfast-based Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust managed the fund. Also, over 26 community based ex-prisoner projects were in operation throughout Northern Ireland related to education, job skills programs, financial and welfare advice, housing and accommodation and family-orientated counseling Ireland.1

1999

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2000

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2001

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2002

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2003

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2004

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.