Sad passing of Niall McCafferty

The late Niall McCafferty.

The late Niall McCafferty.

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Tributes have been paid to Derry principal Niall McCafferty.

Mr McCafferty, the former principal of St Joseph’s Boys passed away last night in Deanfield Nursing Home.

The Derry man was the principal of St Joseph’s Boys from 1986 to 1996 and was one of the first secondary school principals in the North to attain his PHd.

He was a member of staff at the school from the day it opened its doors in 1963, becoming vice principal in 1974 and later principal in 1986.

Throughout his time at St. Joseph’s, Niall fiercely opposed the selective education system and regularly spoke at length on the need for an inclusive approach as opposed to an exclusive one and equal opportunities for all students.