“or just the re-announcement of the £3.27 million of lottery funding”

As you might expect, the Northern Ireland Sports Minister, Sinn Féin’s Carál Ní Chuilín, has been maximising the PR potential of the Olympic success of athletes from here.  The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is doing likewise.  But eyebrows should have been raised by the NI Sports Minister’s “timely public announcement” of an over £3million investment programme for amateur boxing.

As Newton Emerson noted in yesterday’s Irish News

Sinn Féin culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin earned a full day of headlines by announcing a £3million “cash injection” for boxing, in an apparently spontaneous response to the Olympic success of her north Belfast constituent Paddy Barnes.

Ms Ni Chilin’s departmental budget has already been agreed in detail by the executive until 2015 and the entire allocation for sport in that budget (excluding one-off stadium projects) is just £10m a year, yet somehow the media did not smell an enormous rat.

It was left to UUP MLA Robin Swann to identify the source of the funding.

“The Minister has made an announcement of £3 million for boxing in Northern Ireland, and I would like the Minister to state if this is a new initiative or just the re-announcement of the £3.27 million of lottery funding identified for boxing and outlined to the Culture arts and Leisure Committee on the 26th June.

That would be UK National Lottery funding, natch, noticeable by their absence in the ministerial press release of “promised investment”.

At least the NI Sports Minister was able to name correctly the successful Northern Ireland rowers in Team GB.  Unlike her party president, who seems to have been a bit confused by the “medial winners” [“Richard and Peter Chambers and Alan Chambers”!? – Ed].  Twice.

[I’d blame the staff… – Ed]  Indeed.

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  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    lol, ah fair play to her.

  • Mister_Joe

    It’s a typical ploy by many (all?) Ministers.

    BTW, Pete, last night was a bust, even though I got up at 2:00 am. Feel free to delete.

  • andnowwhat

    Hi Joe.

    I don’t get that

  • Mister_Joe


    Pete and I had a discussion on the Mars thread about last night’s perseids. I really think I shouldn’t have mentioned it and Pete, properly, should probably delete my and your comments.

  • andnowwhat

    Och Joe, I can’t be getting in to all this on Slugger.

    As for the OP, there’s Olympics opportunism kicking off all over these islands. Sadly, that’s politics. I saw on Politics.ie that it’s kicked off over Katie Taylor.

  • Mister_Joe

    If the Olympics can lead to increased support, or even a restatement of support, from Governments for amateur sports, then I’m all for it.

  • andnowwhat

    Not at the price it cost Britain. Billions were taken out of the arts to push in to sports ahead of the games. There’s no shortage of British athletes who didn’t praise the extra funding, via lottery funding and how it helped them.

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    The charm of an Irish (Belfast) boxer. £3m well spent.

    “The pair (Paddy Barnes) got into a Twitter spat after Morgan had posted he was going to donate £1,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    He tweeted yesterday: “For singing their anthem louder than anyone at the Olympics, the amazing Irish crowd at Katie Taylor ceremony deserve £1k to @GreatOrmondSt.”

    But the cheeky Irish Olympian tweeted back: “Keep your £1k for a face lift #prat!”

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/belfast-boxer-paddy-barnes-lands-winning-blows-in-twitter-bout-with-piers-morgan-16196576.html#ixzz23NIQTEEn

  • andnowwhat

    And the site runs to the defence of Morgan

  • Pete Baker

    “And the site runs to the defence of Morgan”


    Also, it might help if commenters read to the end of the original post.

  • What a PR week for the six-county DCAL minister: olympics, golf AND piping 🙂

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    Nevin, beings up an interesting issue on bands.

    We have hundreds of bands in Northern Ireland both P/U/L and N/R but mainly P/U/L bands.

    I know that P/U/L bands take part in international and regional competitions, be that pipe, accordion and flute. Do they not deserve some of the millions of pounds the Northern Ireland’s Culture Minister is dispensing???

    The Bands provide many positive structures that would be part of the Prime Ministers Big Society idea. They are learning new skills, in the reading of music and the playing of musical instruments, marching training and discipline, to a sense of cultural identity and personal discipline. This is especially beneficial to the younger and teenage members, who via the bands are given a positive outlet for their energy, a sense of cultural identity and preventing them, from getting involved in rioting and or criminality.

    The Bands also put a lot into the economy with the purchasing of instruments, uniforms, flags and transport to and from events, and not forgetting they keep the culture of the country enriched with their beautiful music!!! And not forgetting the charities that befit form their good works.

    Over to you Carol.

    Not into the N/R band scene, but I think it would be fair to say it is not as large or varied as the P/U/L Band competition scene so they would need to make their own case.

  • 6crealist

    “…to a sense of cultural identity…

    Over to you Carol [sic].”

    If you want some respect for your culture then maybe you could also show some respect to others’: you know, instead of deliberately indulging in petty little ‘misspellings’.

  • eirefrank

    Ardoyne unionist ,, you forgot to mention that the bands and band halls are also recruiting halls for the UDA UVF ,, show integrity and admit that that element with-in exists ,, i am from the north in a mixed relationship and know this to be true , people of my own family have been trailed into these organisations in this manner