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DUP Irish language Liofa U-turn: How Twitter reacted

By Jonny Bell

DUP minister Paul Givan has reinstated funding for the Liofa programme in Northern Ireland and it sent the local Twittersphere into a spin on Thursday.

A bitter row erupted between Sinn Fein and the DUP over the communities minister's decision to cut the £50,000 just two days before Christmas.

The bursaries helped Irish language students fund the costs involved in visiting the Gaeltacht region of Donegal.

On Thursday the DUP MLA took to Twitter to say he has found the money for the programme.

The U-turn comes after the minister said his decision was not "anti-Irish" and that he was being "financially prudent".

"If there has been a ­disparity of funding it has been toward the Irish language and traditions compared to Ulster Scots. So that nails the myth I have been pursuing something that is anti-Irish - quite the opposite in fact," he told the BBC.

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