Community Halls Programme

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP 2:15 pm, 24th January 2017

It is in the very point that the Member raises — it is a perception when it is not actually grounded in fact. When I was out in the community, people were saying, "We have a need". Applications were put into a pilot scheme that I recognised as very important for those groups. When we look at the way in which the funding for community halls was allocated, we see that we have the GAA benefiting, the Ancient Order of Hibernians benefiting, and parochial halls within the Catholic Church benefiting. So, any suggestion whatsoever that this in any way had a sectarian agenda is completely false. I, as Minister, had no role whatsoever in assessing any of the applications. I only became aware of the successful applicants after they had been made aware of it.