Shared Education: Ballycastle

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Michelle McIlveen Michelle McIlveen DUP 2:45 pm, 18th October 2021

I thank the Member for his question. I had an interesting day in North Antrim, although it was a very long one. I very much appreciated the opportunity to visit the Ballycastle campus and meet those from the two schools involved in it. When the Member was the Chair of the Education Committee, he was passionate about shared education, particularly that example, which has now been in place since the 1960s. It was a real trailblazer for shared education and shows how it works. As a reward for the hard work and vision of those who have gone before, I would be delighted to see the project move forward.

As the Member said, owing to current uncertainty in the construction market, there has been some delay in appointing a contractor for the project. The procurement process is ongoing, however. My Department continues to work towards appointing a contractor in the near future.