ISN’T it ironic that our unaccountable Education Minister used St Patrick’s Day to call for more funding for transport in London, at a time when he was forcing transport cuts upon children travelling to school in Northern Ireland? It’s been an important day for our remote control ministers as Direct Misrule bites into the education budget in a big way. Massive funding cuts have forced local boards to drop ‘less essential’ services – school transport, building maintenance, music lessons, classroom assistants, English language education for children from outside NI, psychiatric assistance and less support for disabled children. Nine councillors who sit on education boards have already resigned, and Massereene College, which was the first school to win Clinton’s President’s Prize, in Antrim is now set to close.
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Living History 1968-74
A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.
Live interviews with: Bernadette McAliskey, Austin Currie, Brid Rogers, Baroness Blood, Dennis Bradley, Baroness Paisley, Lord Kilclooney, Tim McGarry, Danny Morrison, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and others…