It was very disappointing to hear the attack by Declan O'Loan on funding for the Ulster-Scots Academy.� He clearly did not know what he was talking about but did not let ignorance get in the way of making a statement.� He also displayed a cultural prejudice which shows a politican who is locked into the past.

I intend to respond to his comments in some detail, showing where he has got it wrong and what the role of an academy will be in relation to such things as cultural tourism, creative industries, education and a shared and better future, all of which are priorities for government.

As a start here is my challenge to Declan – ye wudnae hae a gleed o wut, wud ye – an if he doesnt understand it then perhaps one of his party colleagues from North Antrim can translate it for him.