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 William Humphrey William Humphrey DUP 2:15 pm, 24th January 2017

The Minister's answer indicates very clearly that this was a scheme that reached across the community and the country. I am sure that he will be disappointed by the remarks made by the leader of the SDLP in describing this as a sectarian scheme. I congratulate the Minister for finding the extra money that allowed some halls in my constituency to get some funding. Given the amount of interest and the potential funding required to meet the demand that there clearly was from applications across Northern Ireland, would the Minister recommend to his successor — if a new Executive is ever established in Northern Ireland, with a new Government — that such a scheme be put in place?