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Welcome - What is Good Relations?


The legal context of Good Relations comes from Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 which states that in addition to statutory equality duties “Public Authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and racial group.”

Derry City Council’s Good Relations Strategy 2011/12 – 13/14 sets out its vision for the community by “Making a meaningful difference locally to attitudes and actions, policies and places in a society in transition from conflict to lasting peace”

What Is Good Relations?

Neither ‘good relations’ nor ‘promoting good relations’ is defined in legislation; however, the Equality Commission has developed the following working definition of ‘good relations’:

“The growth of relationships and structures for Northern Ireland that acknowledge the religious, political and racial context of this society, and that seek to promote respect, equity and trust, and embrace diversity in all its forms.”
Equality Commission (Promoting Good Relations – A Summary Guide for Public Authorities) March 2008.


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