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Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín launches the revised target of 20,000 for 2020 for the Líofa campaign, pictured with Darren Ó Dochartaigh and Dean Sloan, Líofa Officers.

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched a new android version of the Irish Football Association's safeguarding Children and Young People app.  DCAL provided funding for the app which was produced by the IFA and the company Ineqe, which is headed up by Jim Gamble.  Welcoming the development the Minister said: “I and my Department place great emphasis on the protection of young people and ensuring that they are in a safe environment when participating in sport.  I am therefore pleased that we have been able to support this ground-breaking project in a tangible way.

“This app not only promotes best practice in safeguarding children but provides helpful guidance on a range of issues such as social media, bullying and the transportation of children to and from games.

“I commend the IFA and Jim Gamble and his team on the development of this app and I look forward to exploring how it can be rolled out not only across other sports but across the full remit of my department’s activities and indeed further afield.”


Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín has launched the Líofa book club in Parliament Buildings

Sheol an tAire Cultúir, Ealaíon agus Fóillíochta, Carál Ní Chuilín, club leabhar Líofa inniu i bhFoirgnimh na Parlaiminte.

As part of the Seachtain na Gaeilge programme, the Líofa book club has been developed in response to feedback from Líofa participants that learners wanted more resources to help them in their learning.

Tá club leabhar Líofa forbartha mar chuid de chlár Sheachtain na Gaeilge agus mar fhreagairt ar aiseolas ó rannpháirtithe Líofa a chuir in iúl go bhfuil níos mó acmhainní uathu le cur lena gcuid foghlama.


Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the launch of Creativity Month where a number of events, conferences and workshops are taking place throughout March to showcase new ideas and novel approaches to tackling social and economic challenges.

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Creativity involves the generation of new ideas or more effective ways to address problems. The creative and cultural sectors can act as a catalyst to tackling challenges in the economy, education, health and the environment. They have a key role in helping to promote equality and tackle poverty and social exclusion.

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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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Inland Waterways & Fisheries
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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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