David Quinn: To say religious schools exclude is nonsense
And so it has begun, but how and where will it end? Ruairi Quinn this week formally established a national forum on education that will seek to work out how many Catholic schools will be handed over to new management bodies over the next few years, and how it will be done.
Quinn puts a figure of 50pc on the number. It's a figure I've used myself in the past. It could turn out to be that high, eventually, but it could also turn out to be much lower. We'll see.
In this debate, horrible, 'exclusive' Catholic schools will be pitted against nice, 'inclusive' alternatives like Educate Together.