International Fund for Ireland in agency hunt

A government-led fund aimed at maintaining peace in Ireland is seeking PR support as it looks to raise funds internationally.

Belfast: A memorial
Belfast: A memorial

The International Fund for Ireland is an international organisation that was established by the British and Irish governments in 1986 to promote reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland.

The fund's mission is to tackle the underlying causes of sectarianism and violence, and is financed by contributions from the US, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Northern Ireland's Department of Finance and Personnel has issued a brief for a PR agency to work for the board of the fund. The brief reads: 'The service to be provided should cover strategic as well as operational issues.

'It should be borne in mind that, while the fund is a single, integrated, international organisation which focuses most of its activity on the 12 northern counties of the island of Ireland, it has an office in Belfast that covers activities in Northern Ireland and an office in Dublin that covers activities in the Southern border counties.'

The successful tenderer will be required to provide services to the fund in both areas. The contract is for three years.

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