I once heard it said that there are two great learning institutions in Belfast: One being Queen’s University; the other Queen’s Island – the East Belfast shipyard megalith that built the likes of the “Olympic” and “Titanic”. However, if you are a young Protestant man, the door to both institutions seems difficult to push open. During the same week in April 2014 that the latest peace monitoring report from Community Relations Council highlighted that Protestant boys from poorer households are chronically falling behind their female and Catholic male counterparts, posters appeared in the shadow of the shipyard fuelled by outrage that foreign workers were being employed seemingly at the expense of locals. Continue reading
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