Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
DCAL – A Department for the Economy and of Equality
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with Paschal Donohoe, TD, Robbie Henshaw, Jordi Murphy, Andrew trimble and Shane Logan, Chief Executive of Ulster Rugby at the launch of the bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Staging the Rugby World Cup would boost the whole country - Ní Chuilín

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has said that if Ireland were to be awarded the 2023 Rugby World Cup it would provide a boost to the entire country in the current difficult economic times.

The Minister was speaking after it was announced this morning in Armagh that both the Irish Government and the Executive will sponsor a joint bid to host the tournament.

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Draft Budget

DCAL's draft budget for 2015-16 has been published. More detail


Sports Minister expresses her condolences at the passing of Jack Kyle,OBE

The Minister said: “I was saddened to hear about the passing of Jack Kyle. He will always be remembered as one of Ireland’s greatest rugby players. He will go down as one of the greatest out-half’s that the game has known and made a lasting impression on everyone he met

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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.

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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