Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has said an attempt by a DUP minister to roll back on Líofa bursaries is another example of the DUP’s arrogance and its contempt for the Irish language.
The Derry Irish Language spokesperson said;
“Sinn Féin will be writing to DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan telling him that plans to remove £50k bursaries for the Liofa initiative are unacceptable.
“The Liofa initiative, set up by Carál Ní Chuilín, has been hugely successful and has helped thousands of people learn and improve their Irish.
“Any attempt to roll back on this scheme will be viewed as yet another move by the DUP to disrespect the Irish language.
“Not only would it be detrimental to education, it would also be an attack on the Irish language and culture.
“This is yet another example of the arrogance of the DUP, this time directed towards the Irish language which belongs to all the people of this island.
“This approach is unacceptable and it won’t be lost on the people of Derry that this attack on a small fund for Irish language comes at a time when DUP ministers have lost multi-millions of pounds to public purse as a result of the RHI scandal.”