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Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure


Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched an innovative app that will promote Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter. ... more
25 November 2015
The Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has welcomed the appointment by the Ulster Council of the GAA (UCGAA) of key pers... more
23 November 2015
Ní Chuilín outlines plans for comprehensive strategy on arts and culture... more

Our responsibilities


Sport strategy, stadiums and sports grounds, sports projects, games legacy and concussion awareness.

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Arts and culture

Arts infrastructure and strategy, the creative industries, community festivals, architecture and built environment.

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Museums and libraries

The public library service, Libraries NI, National Museum Northern Ireland and the NI Museums Council.

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Angling policy including the role of Inland Fisheries, angling farms and stations and the conservation and protection of salmon and eels.

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Inland Waterways, the Lagan Towpath and the Department's work with, the cross-border body, Waterways Ireland.

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Language policy and strategy encompassing Irish, Ulster-Scots and sign language.

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Research and statistics

Research publications and statistical outputs for the Department's key responsibilities along with information on user engagement.

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Public Record Office

The official archive for Northern Ireland, containing public records and privately deposited archives.

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

The Minister

Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Carál Ní Chuilín is the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the North of Ireland. Carál began her political career as the elected Sinn Feín representative for the Oldpark ward in North Belfast in 2003. 


Management and structure

The Department has strategic responsibility for arts and creativity, museums, libraries, sport, inland waterways and inland fisheries, linguistic diversity, archives, and for advising on National Lottery distribution ... more

Contact us

Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street


Email: dcalni@dcalni.gov.uk
Tel: 028 9025 8825
Textphone: 028 9052 7668
Irish voicemail service: 028 9051 5252
Ulster-Scots voicemail service: 028 9051 5251