Ó hOisín welcomes arts funding announcement
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has welcomed the announcement from Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín that funding will be reinstated for arts and sports groups.
Mr Ó hOisín said;
"The Tory cuts to the block grant has caused huge difficulties for public services including the arts and sports sector.
“I welcome today's announcement from Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín that £940,000 will be reinstated to arts and sporting organisations despite the pressures placed on the Executive by Tory cuts.
"£620,000 will be given to the Arts Council which will in turn be passed to 32 arts organisations and £320,000 will go to Sport NI.
"Tory cuts to the block grant have resulted in pressure to departments and Carál Ní Chuilín has consistently made it clear she would work to secure additional funding in order to reinstate this money.
"The Minister lobbied for this funding and was successful and this additional money will no doubt be welcomed by the groups involved.
"I have been talking to a number of arts groups and they are absolutely delighted by the reinstatement of this funding.
"This is part of Sinn Féin's commitment to supporting arts and sport."