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Schools sports development grant should be reinstated immediately – Ennis

12 October, 2017 - by Sinéad Ennis

Sinn Féin's culture arts and sport spokesperson Sinéad Ennis has called on the Department for Education to show leadership and reinstate the sports development grant programme.

The South Down MLA said:

"I am calling on the Department for Education to show leadership and reverse the decision to cut the schools sports development grant immediately.

“Cutting the Sports Development Grant would have a direct impact on the employment of 50 GAA and IFA coaches through the Curriculum Sports Programme.

“It would also have a severely damaging impact on sporting projects within our local schools and to the tens of thousands of children who practically benefit from this funding.

“School children shouldn't have to bear the brunt of relentless Tory austerity, austerity enabled by the unconditional support of the DUP.

“Yesterday a further £10 million was allocated to the Department of Education.

“Our position remains clear, the cut to this frontline service must be reversed immediately.

"Sinn Fein will continue to rigorously oppose these assault on public services and the most vulnerable in society.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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