Council Chairman unveils peace pledges at OASIS Plaza

Published: 22nd September 2015

21 September 2015.



Council Chairman unveils peace pledges

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, today officially unveiled 46 peace pledges at the OASIS Plaza.

The stainless steel plaques, each bearing a pledge to work towards peace and respect, are fixed to a stone clad wall which was integrated into the design of the OASIS Plaza.

The Peace Pledges project, which has been funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council at a cost of £23,637.00, was instigated by the Rev. Dr. David Latimer and is the first such project outside Derry, where the initial concept was commissioned and realised.

Students attending 46 Primary, Post -Primary, Controlled, Maintained, Integrated, Irish Medium and Special Needs Schools in the Omagh area composed the pledges, setting out their aspirations to respect, care for and value people of all races, creeds and colours, which can bring forward a new path to peace and prosperity.


Speaking at the unveiling of the peace pledges Councillor O’Reilly commended the project as innovative and inclusive and one which will have far reaching consequences. “It is very appropriate that I am unveiling these pledges today, which is The United Nations International Day of Peace, maybe better known as World Peace Day. These pledges are very touching as they are the promises of so many young people of the district who want to live in an inclusive, peaceful society. It is clear that the lessons to be learned from our past are that mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance of others are essential to build the sort of community and society in which we all wish to live in future. I know that many people who use the OASIS Plaza, or who pass through it, will stop and read these pledges and take their messages with them as expressions of hope.


Councillor O’Reilly added his congratulations to the students and their teachers for engaging in the project and devising these public statements. “Our young people are very important as they are the future of our community and our society, and the wisdom and commitment portrayed through these pledges encourage us to believe that that future is in good hands”, he concluded.


The OASIS Plaza (Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space) was officially launched by Councillor O’Reilly on Wednesday 17 June 2015 and opened to the public on Friday 19 June 2015. The development is a £4.3 million flagship iconic public realm plaza in Omagh, which was funded by the EU PEACE III Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is a bright, modern, recreational space including outdoor gym and games equipment and a bandstand, with a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking to the town centre through Old Market Place.



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