Cope seeks to have EU support for IFI extended

There are calls for the continuation of EU support for the International Fund for Ireland.

The fund, which provides financial support to cross border initiatives, was set up by the Irish and British Governments in 1986 to promote cross-community cooperation.

This week, the Eu pledged to maintain support for programmes already approved, with some MEPs now calling for the overall level of EU funding to be extended.

However, North West MEP Pat "The Cope" Gallagher says while he hopes it will continue, he's not optimistic................

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