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Ennis calls for cross-party approach to reverse sports cuts

16 August, 2017 - by Sinéad Ennis

Sinead Ennis, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Culture, Arts and Sport, called for a cross-party approach to press the Department of Education to reverse controversial cuts to the Sports Development Grant.

Speaking following a meeting alongside Barry McElduff MP with the GAA Ulster Council, the South Down MLA urged parties to come together and jointly tackle the cuts affecting over 30,000 children.

Sinead Ennis said:

“The intended cuts to the Sports Development Grant will have a severely damaging impact on sporting projects and the thousands of children who benefit from this funding in their local schools.

“The impact will be felt across our society, and this is an issue which has clearly animated several political parties who have been vocal in their opposition.

“This cut is the most recent symptom of relentless Tory austerity, enabled by the unconditional support from the DUP.

“In recent weeks we have very clear made our opposition to this and other education cuts to senior departmental officials. We will continue to do so and to relate the concerns of organisations in the sport and community sector.

“As a cross-community issue with a real impact on the lives of young athletes and on the health and wellbeing of children, I urge all parties to embrace a unified and common-sense approach by lobbying the Department of the Education to reverse these cuts.

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