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Glor Na Gael

Volume 181: debated on Friday 30 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reinstate the grant to the Irish language group, Glor na Gael; and if he will make a statement on his reasons for terminating the grant.

1985–86 £1986–87 £1987–88 £1988–89 £1989–90 £
Prison Education22,29434,61829,40031,58237,044
Action for Community Employment Programme64,002140,830187,274290,855315,175
Belfast Action Team Initiative1,0002,21989,204
Arts Council for Northern Ireland2,0004,0005,0005,00019,000
Central Community Relations Unit88,065
Origin of Placenames Project47,230100,000121,000
It is not possible to disaggregate the cost of provision for the teaching of Irish in schools and colleges of further education in Northern Ireland. Irish-medium education is provided in Bunscoil Phobal Feirste in Belfast and Steelstown primary school in Londonderry. In 1989–90 the running costs for such Irish-medium education were approximately £367,000. Figures for earlier years are not readily available. Capital grants have also been made in the past to the Bunscoil amounting to £443,000. A further allocation of £20,000 has been made available to Bunscoil Phobal Feirste to assist in the development and production of curriculum materials in the Irish language.

This matter is now before the courts on an application for judicial review which must be allowed to take its course.