Patrick Kielty Named As New NICIE Patron

TV personality Patrick Kielty has been named as the latest patron for integrated education in Northern Ireland.

The Co Down local joins other high profile names like Carl Frampton and Conor Phillips in backing the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE).

There are currently 65 integrated schools across Northern Ireland, educating around 23,000 pupils.

However nearly 93% of children still attend exclusive or predominant Catholic or Protestant schools.
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NICIE Chief Executive Officer, Roisin Marshall, said: "I am so excited to have Patrick join us as a patron of NICIE.

"We are extremely grateful to him for supporting the cause of Integrated Education.

"It is a great honour and endorses the work that we do in aiming to create a better future for our children by ensuring that as many Catholic, Protestant and other families as possible can avail of Integrated Education.

"All of those working in Integrated Education are passionate about educating children from different communities together in one school and work hard to ensure that we do all they do all they can to meet parental demand for Integrated Education."


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