inn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan has said cuts to the Curriculum Sports Programme are a direct result of sustained Tory/DUP austerity.
The party’s Education spokesperson was commenting after the Ulster GAA Council confirmed its involvement in the scheme would end.
Karen Mullan said:
“Sinn Féin have always rigorously opposed any proposed cuts to the Curriculum Sports Programme.
“This cut will have a detrimental impact on sporting projects within our local schools and directly affect the the tens of thousands of children who practically benefit from this funding.
“This programme teaches children the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle while also increasing their confidence and social interaction skills.
“Coupled with the financial crisis in our school, this cut is a direct result of over eight years of relentless Tory austerity budgets.
“Our school children should not be paying the price for the toxic Tory/DUP pact who are hell bent on decimating our front line public services having slashed over £1 billion from our block grant since 2010.
“We have written to department officials seeking clarification on this and reinstating Sinn Féin’s position that it must be reversed immediately.”