O’REILLY RAISES ISSUE OF CO-EDUCATION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES CO-OPERATION WITH MEMBERS OF ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY.

Speaking during the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, Vice Chairman of the Committee, Deputy Joe O’Reilly welcomed visiting members of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mr Mike Nesbitt MLA (Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), Mr Basil McCrea MLA and Mr John McCallister MLA.
I sincerely hope that the very fact that you are here today, addressing the Committee, will be the start of a process of increasing interaction between Governments North and South of the Border. If there is any way in which the Good Friday Committee can facilitate this, it will be done.
Making reference to Mr Nesbitt’s comments on co-education in the Border Region, the Deputy said ‘As a product of Co-Education myself, I agree with Mr Nesbitt’s objective reality in this case. There still are a number of prejudices that exist between communities in the Border Region; I firmly believe that reconciliation between these two communities lies within the school system. This is the key area to target and will provide the opportunity that we need to broaden dialogue between both communities. I am very interested in hearing Mr Nesbitt’s thoughts on the matter.’
In reply Mr Nesbitt stated committed himself to on- going co-operation and said that progress in Educational Integration and co-operation had to be gradual.
In response to a request by Deputy O’Reilly for co-operation along the Border in the area of Ambulance Services, Fire Services and Doctor on Call, both Mr Nesbitt and his colleague MrCallister MLA expressed their support for this and their willingness to progress it.

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