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Children's arts group apologises for 'wrong text' email

By Adrian Rutherford

A publicly-funded children's arts group has apologised after sending out an email calling on people to support yesterday's strike.

Young at Art said an "internal error" meant the "wrong text" was used in the message.

The organisation, whose director is Ali Fitzgibbon, is one of Northern Ireland's leading children's art charities, and is backed by over £200,000 of public cash.

However, it is facing questions after an embarrassing slip-up earlier this week.

An email sent at 1.17pm on Wednesday, headlined "Support the day of action on Friday 13th March", said the organisation was "fully supporting" the strike.

"Young at Art is fully supporting the planned strike & day of action for Public Services on Friday 13th March," it states.

"This strike has been called to oppose the Stormont austerity budget to prevent further job losses and budget cuts."

However, less than four hours later, Young at Art retracted the email and issued an apology.

The email, sent at 5.12pm, is titled "Apology to all our subscribers for the content in previous email". It asks recipients "to disregard the previous e-newsletter".

"Due to an internal error, the wrong text was used," it states.

"The company is investigating how this error occurred to ensure it does not happen again."

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