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Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland
Author: David Bolton

Conflict poses considerable challenges for services that support communities, and in particular those affected by violence. This book describes the work undertaken in Omagh against the background of the most recent period of violent conflict in Ireland, and specifically it draws upon the work following the Omagh bombing. The bombing came just four months after the Northern Ireland peace agreement, known formally as the Belfast Agreement of 1998, and more informally as the Good Friday Agreement. The book describes the impact of the bomb and the early responses. Local trade unions, employers and the business community played key roles at times, particularly in underlining the need for solidarity and in identifying themselves with the desire for peace. The book looks at the outcome of needs-assessments undertaken following the Omagh bombing. The efforts to understand the mental health and related impact of the violence associated with the Troubles in Northern Ireland over the period 1969 to 2015 are focused in detail. The later efforts to build services for the benefit of the wider population are described, drawing upon the lessons gained in responding to the Omagh bombing. The developments in therapy, in training and education, and in research and advocacy are described with reference to the work of the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT). The book draws together key conclusions about the approaches that could be taken to address mental health and well-being as an essential component of a peace-building project.

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David Bolton

. The central message of this book, therefore, is that addressing the mental health and wider needs arising from loss and trauma must be incorporated as early as possible into the peace-making and peace-building project. In contemporary warfare and conflict the dead and surviving victims are increasingly civilians who had not been protagonists. They bear the greatest heat of the day, and their needs

in Conflict, peace and mental health
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To reform or not to transform?
Mary O’Rawe

obfuscation and controversy. A debate on other truth recovery processes and mechanisms is continuing to impact on the broader society and on the peace-building project more generally, with the Eames/Bradley process its most recent official incarnation. 19th Report of The Oversight Commissioner, 31 May 2007, available at See M. O’Rawe, ‘Human rights and police training in transitional societies: exporting the lessons from Northern Ireland’, Human Rights Quarterly 27:3 (2005), pp. 943–68. As succinctly stated on a banner on the road into

in Northern Ireland after the troubles
Sandra Buchanan

unless a huge amount of funding was sought, it was quite simply not worth applying due to the arduous reporting requirements. Evidence from NICVA suggested that ‘many community-based peace-building projects did not apply … because of the [administrative] difficulties involved … The level of concern about these issues in the voluntary and community sector should not be

in Transforming conflict through social and economic development