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Minister Ní Chuilín, pictured with Paddy Glasgow during a visit to the Corn Store, Drpaerstown

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has continued to fulfil her commitment to the wider North West by supporting a number of projects based in and around the Draperstown, Derry and Dungiven areas.

This support is part of an overall investment in the North West of more than £4million in the current financial year. A range of projects are being supported, from arts and theatre to the purchase of outdoor and event delivery equipment. The investment will also see the purchase of high tech digital media and IT equipment for sixteen cultural hubs.

Speaking during a visit to projects in Draperstown, Derry and Dungiven, the Minister said: “This additional investment will help to embed a lasting legacy of the 2013 City of Culture year by providing community organisations with equipment to allow them to enhance their existing provision, and help them to make a real difference to people’s lives."


Sport Northern Ireland is currently in the process of finalising the next Corporate Plan 2015-2020. Responses to this consultation will be used to help complete this process.

Sport Northern Ireland will be presenting and consulting on it’s draft Corporate Plan 2015-2020 at various locations, to find out more visit the more detail link below.

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The Irish Language belongs to everyone - Ní Chuilín

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has said that the Irish Language belongs to everyone as she launched a consultation on proposals for an Irish Language Bill.

The Minister was speaking in the Senate Chamber at Stormont as she announced details of the 12 week consultation process. Schoolchildren from Scoil an Droichid and Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin, performed a number of songs in Irish, during the launch event.

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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.

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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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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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