first_imgPat The Cope Gallagher MEPIreland Midlands / North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has confirmed today that the total budget for the PEACE programme for the period 2014 to 2020 will be EUR 200 million.Mr Gallagher also confirmed that in the coming weeks a public consultation on the draft operational programme will be launched.The announcement is a major boost for many Donegal groups which rely on PEACE funding. The main aims of the PEACE Programme are to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society in the Border Region and the North and to promote reconciliation by assisting projects which help to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP stated in the European Parliament: “The EU budget agreement provides a special allocation of EUR 150 million to continue the PEACE programme. An additional contribution by the British government will bring the total amount available under the fund for the period 2014 to 2020 to EUR 200 million.“The PEACE programme is vitally important to Northern Ireland and the entire border region of Ireland including the counties of Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. The EU has contributed over EUR 1.5 billion to the PEACE fund since its inception in 1994.“I understand that a draft operational programme will be reviewed by both the Irish and British Governments. And I expect that a full public consultation will be launched on the draft programme in the next number of weeks.” MEP Gallagher concluded “I strongly believe that the extension of the programme will further help to develop peace and reconciliation on the Island of Ireland. I cannot underestimate the importance of the role played by the EU in the Irish peace process through the PEACE programme and separately through the International Fund for Ireland.” FUNDING BONANZA AS EUROPE TO SPEND ANOTHER €200 MILLION ON PEACE PROGRAMME – MEP GALLAGHER was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:200M euroPat The Cope GallagherPEACE fundinglast_img read more

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first_imgFor a player who, in his last full season, led the country with 163 tackles and notched 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles en route to winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as well as the Rotary Lombardi and Bhuck Bednarik Awards, using one of those choices on Wright may have seemed like robbery.The Cardinals did not choose Wright, though a report came out saying the linebacker was set to join the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent until the Browns got involved.Taking some time to promote the 2nd annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser at Steak 44 in Phoenix Monday, Arians confirmed they were this close to landing Wright while offering thoughts as to why he lasted so long.“A couple announcers kept talking about Mike linebackers and nose guards having lost their (value),” he said. “Five, six years ago they would have been first-round picks. The nose tackle from Baylor (Andrew Billings), great nose guard.“The running game isn’t as important as the passing game, and if you’re not a three-down player — Scooby’s a great blitzer and I actually had Scooby on the phone, begging him to come with us as a free agent because I think he has something special about him, and the Browns drafted him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2014, file photo, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III (33) closes on Washington State running back Jamal Morrow (25) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare, File) The Cardinals ended up agreeing to contracts with 16 undrafted rookie free agents, with probably the biggest name of the bunch being Alabama QB Jake Coker. But had Arians and the Cardinals had their way, Wright’s name would have been on the list.“Oh yeah,” he said. “I had just gotten off the phone and I looked up, the Browns picked Scooby Wright.”Arians chuckled while saying that, which is probably all he can do now. Wright may go on to have a great career, at which point the Cardinals would not be the only team regretting not spending an earlier pick on him. It’s also possible Wright will not be able to have the same kind of success he had in the pros as he did in college, in which case his actual draft standing is about right.Only time will tell.In any event, Arians and the Cardinals may feel good about the linebacker’s chances, just not good enough to spend one of their six draft picks on him. They gambled they could get him as a free agent, and they lost.Such is the way of the NFL draft. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories PHOENIX — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was a lot like most people who were watching the NFL Draft unfold without Scooby Wright’s name being called.Arguably the best collegiate linebacker in the country in 2014, he was projected to go anywhere between the third and fifth rounds, yet remained on the board until the Cleveland Browns chose him in the seventh round with the 250th overall selection.Now, unlike most of the people who were watching the draft on TV, Arians could have in theory actually done something to stop Wright’s slide, especially given that the Cardinals had a pair of draft picks in the fifth round and then another one in the sixth. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more