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SF Minister Caral Ni Chuilin Caral Ni Chuilin 'wants stop to arts cuts'

By Liam Clarke

Arts Minister Caral Ni Chuilin has accepted that there should be no more cuts in arts spending in Northern Ireland, a senior figure has claimed.

Ms Ni Chuilin and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness left the Stormont talks yesterday to greet Arts Council representatives. They accepted a petition of over 11,500 signatures calling for spending to be at least maintained at 13p per person per day.

In a joint statement they said: "We have always tried to broaden the debate beyond the Arts Council's publicly funded bodies as it ties in with our promoting equality and tackling poverty agenda.

"We were pleased to accept this petition and while we totally realise the impact of the current economic difficulties across the board, we will continue to argue for further investment in the arts sector."

Arts Council chief executive Roisin McDonough said of Ms Ni Chuilin: "Our ask is that we at least retain that tiny, tiny amount of money and we have built a campaign around this issue and we were able to submit over 11,500 signatures. I think she has accepted it and is very sympathetic."

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