Lunn accuses DUP of disparaging comments about integrated school

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has accused a fellow Lagan Valley representative of making disparaging comments about a local integrated school during an Assembly debate.

The comments came during an Assembly discussion on the Shared Education Bill yesterday (Tuesday), during which the DUP’s Jonathan Craig made comments stating “sectors were out there who want to dominate and overthrow all other sectors,” going on to say he saw a “prime example” in his own constituency.

Mr Lunn challenged Mr Craig to clarify his remarks, however, the DUP man left the chamber without responding.

“I believe the school Mr Craig referred to, which he labelled as setting out to destroy all the other sectors in Lagan Valley, is Rowandale Integrated School in Moira,” said Mr Lunn.

“Rowandale is extremely successful because of its nature as a welcoming, integrated school. Simply put, local parents want to send their children there and this has been recognised publicly by the Department of Education, which has allowed the school to increase its enrollment numbers.

“Support for integrated education is growing across Lagan Valley and Northern Ireland. A society which promotes such a system will be a society free from many of the problems which have held us back for far too long.

“The DUP’s hostility towards the integrated movement is well known and locally in Lagan Valley, they opposed the establishment of Rowandale from its inception. The school’s success is based on parental choice, nothing else.”

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