Monsignor Martin to speak at public meeting

Monsignor Eamon Martin.
Monsignor Eamon Martin.

It’s understood Monsignor Eamon Martin has accepted an invitation to speak at a public meeting organised to discuss his plan to reshape the post-primary sector in Derry.

The meeting, organised by a group calling itself the Derry Grammar Schools Parents’ Association, will take place at the Da Vinci’s Hotel Conference Centre on Wednesday, June 20 (8pm).

It’s the second such event organised by the group. At its first get-together, which took place last month, many parents voiced anger at what they described as a lack of “proper consultation” surrounding the ‘Together Towards Tomorrow’ proposals.

Mons. Martin - who is spearheading the plans for a radical shake-up of Catholic post-primary schools in Derry - recently told the ‘Journal’ that change must happen.

The Diocesan Administrator’s plan signals the end of academic selection, single sex schools, and the creation of two new sixth-form colleges in Derry.

Mons. Martin argues that “change, although daunting, has been transformational in the past.”

“As times change, so must we,” he told the ‘Journal’.

Gerard Roarty, a member of the Derry Grammar Schools Parents’ Association, recently warned the Catholic Church against “hanging Derry out to dry.”

He said: “If there is such a strong argument for the abolition of grammar schools, then it’s important to convince all sides of the community and in all areas of Northern Ireland and not just those involved in Catholic grammar schools in the Derry city area.”