Wednesday, 11 April 2012
The Belfast Telegraph reports that a 2010 visit to North Carolina, New York and Washington by the then Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Nelson McCausland, his special adviser and a senior civil servant cost taxpayers more than £30,000. The Blether Region questioned the cost and wisdom of such travel at the time.
Ostensibly the American trip was aimed at "enhancing cultural and ancestral links with America". However, the Atlantic reports that "the 2000 Census map of the concentration of the 7.2 percent of U.S. citizens who identify their ethnicity as "American" in the census very closely mirrors maps of Scots-Irish settlement patterns." — i.e. the Scotch-Irish of America may no longer have any awareness of an independent ethnicity.