Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan abused his ministerial position over the Líofa bursaries funding decision.
“While I am glad that DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan has reversed his shameful decision to remove funding from the Líofa bursaries scheme, the whole episode has highlighted the DUP’s attitude to the Irish language.
“The DUP minister initially claimed his decision to cut the funding was not political, then, after his climb-down, made it clear that restoring the funding was a political decision, taken for petty electoral reasons.
“Ministers are supposed to represent everyone regardless of their background or identity and I believe Paul Givan has abused his ministerial position over this issue.
“People should be able to have confidence that ministers will act in the best interests of everyone, not out of party political motivations.”