Challenge to the Minister of Education’s decision to close Little Flower Girls School

14 December 2016

Brian Moss has secured leave on behalf of a minor applicant represented by her mother and next friend, whose identity is anonymised, to challenge the Minister of Education’s decision to close Little Flower Girls School in North Belfast, and ‘amalgamate’ this with St Patrick’s Boys School, following a proposal from the CCMS

Challenge to the Minister of Education’s decision to close Little Flower Girls School

Leave was obtained on the basis that in failing to conduct an equality impact assessment, the Education Minister failed to comply with his obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to promote equality of opportunity between peoples of different religions.

Not only is this a hugely important case for the pupils, parents and local community, but this touches on significant constitutional issues for the operation of education in Northern Ireland, especially given the plan for similar ‘amalgamations’to take place across Northern Ireland in future.

The Senior Judicial Review Judge, has intimated that due to the importance of the case, it is to be heard early in the New Year.

 

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