HTR to launch ‘Dealing with the Past?’ report and Voyager Project

Healing Through Remembering (HTR) is releasing its report Dealing with the Past? An Overview of the Legal and Political Approaches Relating to the Conflict in and about Northern Ireland.  The report, researched and written by QUB Professor of Law Kieran McEvoy, focuses on the current “top-down” (legal and political) context within key legal, statutory and political initiatives around dealing with the past.

This release is part of the launch of HTR’s “Voyager” Project at the Ulster Hall on Friday, 29 November at 4pm.  The project is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU’s PEACE III Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The launch seeks to showcase the work of HTR within the Voyager Project, as seen in the conversational workshops conducted with community groups and organisations; the international study visits (Basque Country/Spain in 2013 and Israel/Palestine in 2014); and pilot activities from the Living Memorial Museum, Storytelling, Day of Reflection, Truth Recovery and Acknowledgement, and Commemoration strands of HTR’s work.

Dawn Purvis, Chair of HTR said: “The launch of our Voyager Project and the release of our report are timely given the current context whereby issues around dealing with the legacy of the conflict are at the forefront of public debate on a daily basis.  Both the Report and Voyager Project have the potential to inform the continued debate marked by the talks being held by the NI Panel of the Parties, chaired by Dr Richard Haass and vice-chair Dr Meghan O’Sullivan, and to contribute to building a peaceful and better future for everyone.”


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Notes to Editors:

  • Healing Through Remembering (HTR) is an independent initiative made up of a diverse membership with different political perspectives working on a common goal of how to deal with the legacy of the past as it relates to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.
  • The PEACE III Programme, funded under the European Region Development Fund (ERDF), is worth 333 Euro million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation.  It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.  For more information on the SEUPB, please visit

For further information please contact:

Kate Turner, Healing Through Remembering – Tel: (0044) 28 9023 8844

Email: cate [at]