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Aquinas pitches launch

Aquinas Grammar ups its game as playing fields are opened

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said new playing fields at Aquinas Grammar School, built in conjunction with Ulster Rugby, will benefit the wider community.

Aquinas received DCAL funding of £560,000 for the project which involved the upgrading of the existing grass pitch and associated multi-use games areas at the rear of Aquinas Grammar School, which borders Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Rugby ground.

Speaking at the opening, the Minister said: “The transformation has been incredible and we now have fantastic facilities available not only to pupils of Aquinas Grammar School and Ulster Rugby but also the wider community."


Lίofa website - Written Statement to the Assembly

The Minister issued an Urgent Written Statement to the Assembly on 18 November regarding the Lίofa Website.

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Lίofa website

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has apologised to users of the Lίofa website after it discovered that the names and contact details of Líofa participants could be accessed via the Líofa website’s search facility.

The details participants were asked to provide when they registered with Líofa were name, email address, home address, age range, and whether or not they were attending Irish Language classes. It is this information which may have been accessible. The Líofa website did not hold any other personal or financial information.


Draft Budget

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


Creative Connections Roadshow heads to Omagh

The fifth in a series of roadshows organised by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure visits Omagh on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

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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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Museums and Libraries
Arts, Creativity & Architecture
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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