I disagree with the idea that Northern Ireland will not reach its full potential unless integrated housing projects become the norm, put forward by One Step Campaign chairman, former Irish Rugby International Trevor Ringland. He was referring to the Carran Crescent development in Enniskillen, which will see Protestant and Catholic families live side-by-side, could be a catalyst for very significant change.
"We cannot have a truly modern, dynamic and successful society and economy if our community continues to be divided along sectarian lines," he said.
Yes, that is true Trevor, but neither should we desire to create a control freak socially engineered society where the great and the good decide the exact ratio of Protestants/Catholics/Jews/Muslims/Atheists that should live cheek by jowl. You can’t FORCE people where to live, and you shouldn’t try. In trying to address the evil of sectarian separation, Trevor and his chums will create a much worse one. And yet, to be fair to Trevor, I must admit that when I see now private housing estates bedecked with symbols indicating that one is entering loyalist/nationalist zones – it saddens me.