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Sinn Fein could have stopped school debacle

I ATTENDED the protest over the closure of Immaculate Conception College in Derry on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 and was told by a Sinn Fein councillor that it was a done deal.

I was flabbergasted by this approach from an elected member. I pointed out to the councillor that it was wholly down to her party that the school wasn't fit for purpose, and that had her party under three successive Department of Education ministers invested in the school we would not be in this situation.

She has since gone on record trying to defend her party by saying that Sinn Fein ministers inherited the problem. Then why did they not sort it out.

Sinn Fein talks about equality and a shared future for everyone but has presided over a situation that in its current form will see all post primary Catholic education situated on the West bank of the River Foyle and all post primary Protestant education situated on the East bank once Foyle And Londonderry College relocates.

The current proposals provide separation and segregation of post primary education in a city that has come so far in terms of taking a lead in the peace process.

My party, the SDLP, will be seeking urgent meetings with WELB the Department of Education, CCMS and other interested parties to try and rectify this situation.

To provide hope and a future for all our young people in the Waterside and surrounding areas we need to see an investment in post primary Catholic education that meets the needs of that area.

Cllr Brenda Stevenson, SDLP

Derry City Council

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