What sort of society do you want to live in? Civic Space - debate without divide

Civic Space

Civic Space is an inter-community initiative which aims to protect and develop civic space and in doing so promote reconcilliation and conflict transformation.

The project will promote; mutual respect and parity of esteem; engagement in an environment that promotes constructive dialogue, listening and freedom of opinion; civic participation and the communication of civic values; challenge to sectarian asperity, homophobia, gendered behaviour and racism; issues of public concern that relate to economic, cultural and social injustice; constructive engagements that draw public attention to shared concerns that cross the community/constitutional divide; Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the "freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers" and protect and develop civic space and in so doing promote reconciliation and conflict transformation.

This project was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs' Reconciliation Fund. 

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A playlist of vox-pops from the public on the future of the island of Ireland.

The Pro-Union Argument Union Jack flag on flagpole


Hear more about the pro-union argument.

The Pro-Unity Argument Irish tricolour flag on flagpole


Hear more about the pro-unity argument.

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Find out more.

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Vox Pops

Civic Space asked people across the island of Ireland - What type of society do you want? Hear what they say.