'Curriculum Sports Programme must be reinstated' - Ennis
Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has called on the Department of Education to reverse the decision to cut the Curriculum Sports Programme.
The party’s Culture, Arts and Sports spokesperson was speaking after meeting the GAA’s Ulster Council with Michelle O’Neill, Conor Murphy and Paul Maskey at Stormont.
Sinéad Ennis said:
“I am calling on the Department for Education to reverse the decision to cut the Curriculum Sports Programme immediately.
“This cut will have a damaging impact on sporting projects within our local schools and to the tens of thousands of children who practically benefit from this funding.
“People are rightly concerned at this cut including GAA and IFA coaches employed through this scheme who will be directly affected.
“This cut and the financial crisis in our schools is a result of relentless Tory/DUP austerity budgets.
“School children are paying the price for the toxic Tory/DUP pact who are hell bent on decimating our front line public services with over £1 billion slashed from our block grant since 2010.
“This cut must be reversed immediately. Sinn Féin will continue to rigorously oppose assaults on our public services and the most vulnerable in society.”