70% of parents want some form of integrated education> what’s the problem John?

One of things Micheal Martin picked up on in his interview with Conor Bradford yesterday morning was the rather emphatic result of Lucid Talk’s poll in favour of integrated eduction:

In the latest Lucid Talk poll those in favour of children of all denominations sharing the same classroom stands at a massive 70%.

Tellingly, this figure represents almost identical proportions of Catholics and Protestants. On any other issue this would be accepted as the will of the people and politicians would act accordingly.

Martin asked, given the overwhelming majority of kids are still educated apart, what are blocks to making this happen? Indeed. Perhaps that’s a question that ought to be directed at the Education Minister, John O’Dowd?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty