Belfast Telegraph

Irish language clubs may get funding reprieve

By Rebecca Black

Youth service providers who lost funding may have a second chance to obtain cash , the Education Authority (EA) has said.

Four Irish language youth clubs in Belfast say they are facing closure after applications to the EA for public funds were not approved. They are among 13 groups affected.

Opponents of the cuts held a protest yesterday outside the EA's Belfast offices which was attended by former Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir.

Later the EA said there will be a further opportunity to apply for funding after a number of unsuccessful applications to the Extended Provision Youth Scheme.

EA chief executive Gavin Boyd said: "EA does not yet have a budget for 2017/18. However, we received a cash allocation from DE in March 2017 which allows us to spend up until July 31, 2017."

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