Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
DCAL – A Department for the Economy and of Equality
Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin sent her best wishes with local athletes travelling to the Commonwealth Games.  She is joined by boxers Michael Conlon, Michaela Walsh and Paddy Barnes as they prepare to board the bus for Glasgow.

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín was in Glasgow as 116 local athletes got ready to compete in 17 sports at the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking from the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Celtic Park, the Minister said: “Last Saturday, I joined the athletes as they said goodbye to Belfast and headed to Glasgow for the Games. Now, with the competition only hours away, there is a growing sense of excitement.

“I am pleased to be cheering on the biggest team we have ever sent to the games. In its ranks are new faces, including the first female boxers to compete, alongside seasoned veterans."

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is committed to proactively harnessing the transformative power of the creative and cultural sectors to tackle disadvantage and support a confident, creative, informed and healthy society in this part of Ireland.

Our top priority is to promote social and economic equality and tackle poverty and social exclusion.

DCAL has responsibility for a diverse portfolio ranging across arts and creativity, museums, libraries, sport, inland waterways and inland fisheries, linguistic diversity and public records. It supports cross-cutting Government priorities and works with a
wide range of social partners to make a real difference to
people’s lives. Programmes, organisations and strategic initiatives supported and delivered by DCAL can catalyse life-changing pathways and help to deliver wider social and economic change.

Our areas of work
DCAL supported programmes enhance education and life-long
learning outcomes; support
families and add value to
the work of teachers, schools
and alternative education

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We support thousands of jobs in the creative and cultural sector and innovative initiatives delivering qualifications and employability skills. We introduce social clauses delivering new jobs for young people and the long-term unemployed.

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Language/Cultural Diversity
Museums and Libraries
Arts, Creativity & Architecture
Inland Waterways & Fisheries
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment

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Our programmes support healthy lifestyles, increase confidence and self-esteem, and help to tackle major societal challenges such as mental health and suicide prevention.

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DCAL supported initiatives tackle barriers to full participation in society. We reach out to and support those experiencing or at risk of isolation and alienation.

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