Having a Cuppa with the Minister

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Monday, January 20th, 2014
Minister for Justice David Ford MLA attended a prize presentation to Community Restorative Justice (Ireland) Newry in Ballybot House last week.

Pictured (from left to right): Sinéad Ennis (CRJI South Down), Minister for Justice David Ford MLA, Gemma Kimmins (CRJI Newry), Liz Kimmins (CRJI Safer, Stronger Communities Co-Ordinator), Kathy Lowry (CRJI Newry) & Eamonn O’Connor (CRJI South Down).

He was given a tour of the CRJI offices by Liz Kimmins from the Safer, Stronger Communites project who introduced him to some of their volunteers and gave an insight into the workload of the Newry office. Const. Alan Macartney from the Newry Neighbourhood Policing Team, who nominated Newry CRJI for the award, was introduced by event chairperson Sinéad Ennis (South Down CRJI). Alan gave an excellent overview of partnership work carried out by his team with the CRJI office around community safety issues.. Minister Ford praised CRJI’s “Good work with different aspects of the Justice System…in making Northern Ireland safe for all of us.” “The extremely good work with Primary 6 and 7 children looking at restorative practices, helping to improve the relationship between the police and the community,” particularly impressed the Minister. On accepting the prize from Minister Ford, Liz Kimmins stated, “The Justice in the Community Award recognises the importance of a partnership approach between the statutory sector and community in resolving problems.”
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