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The Community Relations Council was formed in January 1990 as an independent company and a registered charity to promote better community relations between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and, equally, to promote the recognition of cultural diversity. It originated in 1986 as a proposal of a research report commissioned by the NI Standing Advisory Commission for Human Rights, a proposal which was subsequently supported by major peace groups, the NI Voluntary Trust and by Government. Today, the Council consists of over 20 members, one third of which are appointed by Government, with the remainder drawn mainly from the community, voluntary, education and business sectors. Its principal activities involve the promotion of community relations in a wide variety of organisations and settings in Northern Ireland through the provision of practical support to local groups and other institutions, by developing opportunities for cross-community understanding, increasing public awareness of community relations work and encouragiing constructive debate throughout Northern Ireland.

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