NI schools group bolsters comms

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), a charity devoted to setting up mixed-religion schools for children of Catholic and Protestant faiths, has bolstered its PR function.

It has hired Philip O’Sullivan from an ambient media company in the province as PR officer plus graduate recruit Emma Hassard.

O’Sullivan said both staff are on 12-month contracts subject to funding.

He said: ‘We will aim to keep NICIE in the local media headlines, as well as the national and international media pages as the need arises. We want people to understand integrated education is not a wishy-washy middle-class idea.’

At present, only 17,000 pupils – five per cent of children – are educated at integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

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