Irish Network for Nonviolent Action, Training and Education (INNATE)

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INNATE acts as a network linking those committed to, or interested in, explicitly non-violent action and training
Last updated: November 2019

INNATE provides information and training on nonviolence and nonviolent action. It acts as a network linking those committed to, or interested in nonviolent action and training. While it works in both jurisdictions in Ireland, some of INNATE’s work is intertwined with community relations and the development of a nonviolent response to areas of community tension in Northern Ireland. In the context of ‘peace’ work, INNATE insists that a radical concept of nonviolence and nonviolent action, learning from both Irish and international experience, offers much to address the conflict in Northern Ireland.

INNATE was the first body to introduce monitoring of contentious parades and situations to Northern Ireland in the latter part of the Troubles, but is equally at home with actions involving advocacy, including nonviolent direct action, as it is with mediative ‘third party’ action. Some of INNATE’s ‘learning’ is reflected in the workshops and editorials on its website.

INNATE has only volunteer members and no employees.

INNATE's main website is at with a wide variety of material (including training materials and posters for printing at home) but it also has a photo site at

Its e-mail address is

Internationally, INNATE has informal links with other structures but is formally associated or affiliated with two, respectively faith-based and secular nonviolence internationals:

INNATE monitor debrief

INNATE monitor debrief, Garvaghy Road, Portadown, 1992

Nonviolent News

INNATE produces ‘Nonviolent News’, a newsletter to keep people informed about peace, nonviolence, human rights and green issues in Ireland and internationally. 'Nonviolent News' started in 1990 and has been produced monthly (usually 10 full issues a year with a couple of shorter news supplements) since 1994. It is published in print as well as in extended e-mail and web editions (the last is on the main website).

The aim of the project is to ensure that people in Ireland, both sides of the border, have information about groups and initiatives in peace, nonviolence, campaigning, and to some extent green issues and human rights. While concentrating on Irish groups, North and South, the perspective is an international one and seeks to cover solidarity groups to some extent.

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