This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
East Londonderry Constituency
“Alliance is working to build a united community in Northern Ireland. The Agreement is not the ceiling of our ambition, but the foundation on which we can build a shared society. “Alliance is working for an open, free and fair society. Only Alliance rejects the notion that we must all be boxed into ‘two communities’. “Alliance is working to give everyone something better than tribal politics – a genuinely shared future.”
“Improving community relations must be the biggest priority for our Assembly - not an optional extra. Only Alliance is providing credible answers to the problem of how we deal with our divisions.” “Only Alliance asks the awkward questions that need to be asked, and raises the difficult issues that need to be raised.”
THURSDAY 29th MAY 2003
Alliance Works ~ Tribal Politics Doesn’t
Published by Charles McConaghy on behalf of Yvonne Boyle, both at 27 Upper Captain Street, Coleraine, BT51 3LY. Printed by GPS Colour Graphics, Alexander Road, Belfast, BT6 9HF.
Yvonne Boyle Works
• Mental Health Social Worker and member of Local Health and Social Care Group helping to develop primary care services. • MA, Social & Political Sciences Cambridge, Social Work Diploma, University of Ulster. • As Alliance Spokesperson on Arts, Culture & Heritage has campaigned for more funding for the arts. • As a member of local Corrymeela Group and a founding member of Causeway Area Peace Network, has helped to increase community dialogue. • Alliance Representative in Leadership Workshops in Washington DC. • Has researched the effectiveness on ‘community care’ for people with mental health problems and their ‘carers’ in the Limavady area. • As a member of Liberal International Women’s Network and a former North West Tutor for ‘Women into Politics’ Course, works to empower local women.
Five Years of Wasted Opportunities The Agreement has yet to be properly implemented. Traditional parties have pursued their own narrow agendas and bickered over issues such as policing reform rather than working together for the good of all. Even today, rather than looking to a shared future together, the UUP and the SDLP are moving to the extremes, looking over their shoulders at the DUP and Sinn Féin. Meanwhile on the streets, sectarianism, segregation and law and order remain major problems. Sectarianism Costs Sectarianism and segregation carry huge human and financial costs. More and more people are living almost parallel lives with a bare minimum of contact with those on ‘the other side’. Huge resources are wasted in providing separate facilities that could be better invested in improving public services. Why to we persist in forcing people into boxes called unionism and nationalism? Apartheid never worked in South Africa. It can never work here. Making the Difference Healing our community divisions must be the biggest priority for the Assembly. Unless we seriously address these problems, they will eventually destroy the Agreement and all that has been achieved so far. Alliance is the leading cross-community and anti-sectarian voice in Northern Ireland. Alliance is the political voice of those who work to create a united community, characterised by sharing not separation. Alliance offers everyone an invitation to join something different, something better than tribal politics – a genuinely shared and non-sectarian future. For Alliance, the Agreement is not the ceiling of our ambition. It is the foundation on which we can build a better future.
Taking the Time to Build Peace As a founding member of the Causeway Area Peace Network, Yvonne Boyle has been involved in a series of public meetings to promote community dialogue. The Network also recently organised a successful Schools Art Competition on the topic of ‘Swords into Ploughshares’. She has been an activist in the local Coleraine Corrymeela Group for 17 years, where people from different religious backgrounds meet to discuss common interests and tensions. “In an area where we continue to feel the pressures of sectarianism and segregation, we need to explore our diverse cultural identities so that they become not reasons for fear or dominance, but an in valuable part of our shared future.”
The full Assembly Manifesto, and detailed policy papers are available from www.allianceworks.org or by phoning 9032 4274
Alliance Works ~ Tribal Politics Doesn’t Back in 1998, people voted for a new beginning. While in many respects Northern Ireland is better than before, the progress that people had a right to expect has not occurred.