Déagórí le Chéile

CaairiOrigins & Background

The Déagórí le Chéile project stemmed from Cúnamh's responsibility for facilitating development processes on a holistic basis within the political ex prisoner community in Derry.

As a natural extension of other ongoing work a consultation was launched in 1998 by representatives of Cúnamh, Tar Abhaile, Save the Children Fund, and Bogside and Brandywell Initiative into the effects of political conflict on young people. A strong consensus emerged in support of the need to establish a project, which would accommodate and support the needs of young republicans and nationalists during this phase of the peace process.


Cúnamh carried out extensive consultations with many families and in particular many children of ex-prisoners to gauge their perspective on the idea. There was an overwhelming response in support of the project being established.



Through the financial assistance of NIVT Déagórí le Chéile was established in 1999 as a pilot project, with participation from a group of young people from Derry City, who had experience of a parent imprisoned, and also young people from Letterkenny whose parents were forced into political exile.

From its outset Déagórí le Chéile has been informed by a series of aims designed to enable young republicans and nationalists to collectively share their experiences of the conflict and to explore methods to redress issues relevant to them; to develop a personal and community development programme designed to enhance their individual and collective growth; to train and support the young people to become peer support workers for other young people with similar experiences.

"However, in keeping with the youth led ethos underpinning the project a research and consultation process was commissioned to develop a model of practice and a programme of activities based upon the young peoples’ needs and ideas. This was completed in August 1999. The Project was evaluated in 2001 and a booklet outlining the project’s journey was compiled by the participants. This was launched in August 2001."

Click here to read the Déagórí le Chéile research report (PDF).