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Funding for Boxing part two

Sectarianism in boxing needs to be challenged and condemned, the Culture Minister said on 12 November 2012.

Caral Ni Chuilin was responding to a DUP motion which called on her to ensure that the cash injection of £3m she announced earlier in the year for boxing was allocated "equitably across all communities".

Earlier in the debate, the TUV's Jim Allister and the UUP's Michael McGimpsey, had raised the matter of the Sandy Row club.

Its membership is mainly Protestant and members say they have been subjected to repeated sectarianism for the last decade.

Ms Ni Chuilin said: "No child should be subject to that type of abuse and let me be clear about that."

"We all have a duty to confront sectarianism."

She insisted that the Sandy Row club could access funding for boxing as it had been affiliated with Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) in the last three years.

The minister also added that she was "quite pleased with the tone of the debate" and she believed it was clear that everyone valued the role that boxing plays.

The SDLP's amendment to the original DUP motion was not brought to a vote, as it would have changed the meaning of the amendment brought by Jim Allister of the TUV which had already passed.

The TUV amendment called for the establishment of a Northern Ireland Amateur Boxing Association.

The motion, amended by Mr Allister, was carried by 48 votes to 42.

The first part of the debate can be viewed here.


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