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Question Time: Culture and Education

The Minister of Culture rejected an assertion that Sandy Row Boxing Club had been denied government funding because it was not a member of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, on 16 October 2012.

Caral Ni Chuilin said she insisted that Jim Allister of the TUV withdraw his comments.

"Sandy Row have not been refused anything," she said.

The minister listed a number of invitations she had issued to the club, all of which she said had been refused.

John McCallister of the UUP asked about the Organ Donation Through Sport campaign.

Ms Ni Chuilin praised the fine example set by former Gaelic footballer Joe Brolly, who had donated a kidney to his friend Shane Finnegan, which unfortunately had to be removed due to complications.

"It is very much a gift of life," the minister said.

Independent MLA David McClarty asked the Education Minister for assurance that Northern Ireland students would not be put at a disadvantage following the introduction of the English Baccalaureate.

John O'Dowd said he could give assurance that standards would be maintained and students would not be disadvantaged

The UUP's Basil McCrea asked what discussions Mr O'Dowd had had with the English Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

"Have you not heard? Michael Gove does not want to talk to me," the minister replied.

He said he was arranging to meet one of Mr Gove's junior ministers.

Mr O'Dowd also answered questions about departmental finance, demand for primary school places in North Down and the role of classroom assistants in addressing special educational needs.

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