The research surveyed 1,007 adults
aged 16 and over in all counties and from all communities in Northern Ireland.
“This research has shown us
that the Executive parties have failed to give the people of Northern Ireland what they overwhelmingly want. At the moment
less than 7 per cent of our children are educated in the integrated sector”, said Mr McNally
“If our squabbling Parties of
the Stormont Coalition are unable to reach agreement on this popular demand then they should hand the setting up of Integrated
Education over to an independent Commission which should report on its findings and make recommendations within a year”
Mr McNally continued. “If the Executive fails to reach agreement on this or caves in to powerful vested interests, the
people should demand that a referendum on Integrated education should take place. Seventy four per cent of those asked in
this survey agree that this is what should happen. This figure rises to 80 per cent among parents with children under 16”.
“We in the Workers’ Party have been fighting for integrated
education in Northern Ireland for the past 40 years. In our Manifesto we note that because the sectarian parties ‘believe
they will get the votes regardless of what they do or don’t do, these hugely popular wishes [for integrated education] are quietly brushed aside’. The
Workers’ Party believes that it is time for the people to speak up on this vitally important issue. Don’t let
them brush this one under the carpet”, Mr McNally concluded.