“I don’t have the necessary multi-million funds available..”

Despite the objections from the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitriona Ruane, and the declaration by Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd on Stormont Live that “We haven’t signed off yet on Minister O’Keefe’s decision”, the Irish Education Minister, Batt O’Keefe, whilst declining “megaphone diplomacy” confirmed today that funding would not be available this year for the next proposed phase of the Middletown Autism Centre. But then, as Shane Harrison pointed out, there is a politically significant difference in how those funds are raised there and here..