Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Forensic Accounting

The DUP's Stephen Moutray has asked a pair of interesting questions (AQW 31668/11-15 and AQW 31669/11-15) aimed at getting to the bottom of DCAL's spending on the promotion of Irish and Ulster Scots.

While Mr. Moutray may have been riled by the increased presence accorded to the former by the LĂ­ofa campaign, the fact is that its spending on advertising has remained remarkably small, currently standing at just £51,614.

No doubt if we had a full disaggregation of what Foras na Gaeilge, the Ulster-Scots Agency et al. had spent their money on, it would be more interesting still. Foras na Gaeilge has for many years acted as a sponsor for the GAA, a relationship that, in the North at least, may hinder the diffusion of Irish as much as it helps it.

As for what the Ulster-Scots Agency spends its money on, well, let's not go there.

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