Cultuire minister Caral Ni Chuilin answered questions on a range of matters, including Irish language funding, support for Lambeg drumming, and the Ulster Orchestra.
Sammy Wilson MLA asked the Minister to outline the total planned departmental spend on Irish language projects in 2014-15. The Minister stated that her Department has planned to spend approximately £3,850,000 on Irish language projects in the 2014-15 financial year. This figure includes £3,462,107 that has been allocated to Foras na Gaeilge for the 2014 calendar year. Funfing is also available from departmental mainstream projects that have an Ulster-Scots, Irish-language or cultural dimension that cannot be separate from the primary funding objectives.
Funding for Lambeg Drumming was another area that the Minister had to answer question on by Sydney Anderson MLA, John Dallat MLA and Robin Swann. The Minister thanked the members for their questions and said “ The Lambeg drumming associations have received funding from the Arts Council, the Ulster-Scots Agency and the ministerial advisory group. If there is a demand for additional funding based on evidence of need, the agencies will happily consider it. It is good to see that the Lambeg drumming association have such widespread support throughout the House today”.
The Irish National Cycling Championship 2015, Funding Cuts for Cultural and Sporting Events, Sport Matters, Athletes: Parity of Esteem and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum were the topics for the Minister to answer during the 15 minutes of Topical Questions.