Farry working with Quinn on report on education for NW

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Employment Minister Dr Stephen Farry says his Department is jointly producing an interim paper on cross border educational issues in collaboration with the Department of Education and Skills in the Republic of Ireland (ROI).

Dr Farry said he recently discussed the matter with his counterpart Ruairi Quinn.

He says he’s committed to working collaboratively with the relevant Government Ministers in the Republic of Ireland to identify and develop opportunities for co-operation.

He stated: “In that regard I recently met with Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, when the issue of learning provision in the North West was discussed. “Statistical information collated by my Department shows that there is a significant and continuing flow of further education students from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland, particularly in the North West area.

“As a result of my discussions with Minister Quinn, it was agreed to produce a joint interim paper on cross border further education issues for consideration by Ministers in a North South Ministerial context in June.”