Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
DCAL – A Department for the Economy and of Equality

20 August 2015

Derry arts scene vibrant and flourishing – Ní Chuilín

The Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, visited several arts projects across the North West today.

Minister Ní Chuilín received a tour of the Playhouse Theatre in Derry before calling into the Verbal Arts Centre. She then went to the recently opened Celtronic Studios in the city before finally visiting the new Shackleton Film Studios venture at Ballykelly.

At the Playhouse the Minister watched rehearsals by local drama and music performers.

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7 August 2015

Sports Minister welcomes finding that new Casement Park is achievable

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Sports Minister Carál Nί Chuilίn has welcomed the conclusion of the DCAL Stadia Programme ‘Project Assessment Review’ (PAR) Team that the goal of constructing and operating a strategic regional stadium for the GAA in Ulster is achievable on the Casement Park site.

The Minister was commenting following the publication of the independent report into the DCAL Stadia Programme, which she initiated as a result of evidence presented to the CAL Committee on 30 April 2015, where it was claimed that warnings in relation to safety concerns surrounding proposed emergency exiting arrangements for the redeveloped Casement Park were ignored.

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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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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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