I was sitting on a bus today when I noticed an advertisement for NICIE….the Norn Iron Council for Integrated Education. Simple enough advert…three photogenic children and a contact number to phone to find the addresses of Integrated Schools in the area.
Slightly uncomfortable feeling. An advert for integrated education….it is now so much. Prt of the new narrative that it is hardly noticed. We dare not say that this is…POLITICAL. Would Translink the bus company, feel comfortable allowing an advert for Catholic Education? And if such an advert was produced would the massed ranks of letsgetalongerists tolerate it?
On the subject of Education, I started Catholic Grammar School fifty years ago this year? The most famous alumnus was Cardinal William Conway who was awarded his red hat when I was at the school. And who would have guessed that Gerry Adams, who is three years older than me would grow up to be…..Gerry Adams. Or that Belfast’s newest Mayor would be a past pupil. Congratulations Mairtin O’ Muilleoir.