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DUP further undermining public confidence through Community Hall Grants scheme - Maskey

14 January, 2017 - by Alex Maskey


Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said the list of recipients of DUP Minister Paul Givan's community hall grants scheme appears to show that funding has been significantly directed to one side of the community. 

“There was mounting concern about why Paul Givan’s community hall grants scheme had soared from half a million pounds to almost two millions pounds. 

“I have seen the list of recipients and clearly these public funds have been significantly directed at one section of the community. 

“This is a shameful abuse of public money and this minister’s contempt for the public knows no bounds. 

“It’s also clear that the minister delayed the timing of his announcement because of the outrage from the public caused by his withdrawal of just £50k from the Liofa bursaries scheme on the eve of Christmas.

“Public money should be used responsibly to address need rather than attempt to buy support in the wake of the RHI scandal. 

“This looks like yet another example of blatant discrimination and the DUP’s contempt for the wider public.

“This only further undermines public confidence in the political institutions and the people must now be allowed to have their say on the DUP’s arrogance.” 

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