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Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin insisted the Executive remained committed to affording equal respect and recognition to both traditions

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin insisted the Executive remained committed to affording equal respect and recognition to both traditions

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin insisted the Executive remained committed to affording equal respect and recognition to both traditions

Stormont's Culture Minister has defended funding distribution that has led to three times more being allocated to Irish language projects than Ulster Scots.

Caral Ni Chuilin said the figures reflected the "different stages of development" of both sectors and insisted the Executive remained committed to affording equal respect and recognition to both traditions.

DUP MLA Gordon Dunne had raised the issue in Assembly Question Time, accusing the minister of breaching her own department's equality policies.

"What is the minister doing to address these inequalities between the promotion of the Irish language and Ulster Scots," the North Down member asked.

But Ms Ni Chuilin robustly challenged her rival's remarks and claimed he had done little to pursue the matter outside the confines of the Assembly chamber.

"If this issue is of such concern to him then he has done very little between one question time and another," she said.

"If I felt there was inequality within my community I would take action to ensure that inequality was addressed so I would suggest the member is just using question time to score political points."

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Earlier she outlined the funding position.

"The ratio of funding for Irish and Ulster Scots in my department has been on average three to one respectively.

"This is reflected in funding provided by my department and its arm's length bodies to programmes and projects dedicated to Irish and Ulster Scots.

"The Executive remains wholly committed to affording equal respect and recognition to the Irish and Ulster Scots and the funding provided to each reflects their different stages of development and ranges of programmes and projects and supported organisations."

The minister added: "I have made it clear on several occasions in the past that I will consider and give my full support to any initiatives that the Ulster Scots community bring forward that will help community infrastructures and this remains my position."


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