DCU unites with colleges to regenerate Clinton Centre

by Shauna Bowers

DCU, University of Ulster and University of Massachusetts have united to regenerate the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen, Bill Clinton announced in Belfast last week.

The three universities are developing a new operational model to maintain the centre and keep in line with Clinton’s commitment to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.

The Clinton Centre was built in 2002 on the site of the 1987 Remembrance Day bombing which killed 12 people.

“Good citizenship in the 21st century requires us all to find ways to expand the definition of ‘us’ and shrink the definition of ‘them.’

“So, I’m grateful that the Centre will continue to be a place that supports and empowers students from all over the world with the tools they need to create better tomorrows,” said President Clinton when announcing the news.

The new plan is set to incorporate both academic and cultural activities over the next three years, focusing on conflict resolution.

From Summer 2018, the Centre will host academic programmes such as years abroad, semesters abroad and summer school programmes.

Bill Clinton was presented with an honorary doctorate in DCU in October due to his efforts in maintaining peace in Ireland, one of the key reasons DCU joined the project.

“Emblematic of the trauma suffered throughout the Troubles, this Centre will have a significant role to play in the ongoing drive towards healing, peace and reconciliation amongst divided communities.

“We look forward to harnessing the considerable expertise of DCU academics alongside colleagues in Ulster University and UMass in helping to create a secure and stable future for all those who live on the island of Ireland,” said Brian MacCraith, DCU President.

Modifications are required to enable the Centre to handle the increased visitors and activities. This will be paid for through fundraising in Ireland, Northern Ireland and America, as well as Government support.

The Centre are also hoping to build a memorial for the 12 people who died during the Remembrance Day bombing with this new funding.

Shauna Bowers