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Co Antrim homebuilder donates £100,000 to support integrated education in NI

James Hagan, chair and founder of Hagan Homes and Baroness May Blood, IEF campaign chair. Picture by Darren Kidd/Press Eye

A CO Antrim homebuilder has donated £100,000 to support integrated education in Northern Ireland.

Hagan Homes has pledged the funds to the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) over a four-year period to "ensure children have a greater opportunity to be educated together".

James Hagan, chair and founder of the company, has campaigned to promote integrated education and has been supporting the IEF for two decades.

"I have always been an advocate of integrated education here," he said.

"I think it is wrong to divide children according to their religious backgrounds and the impact of that division can have financial and societal implications on not just in our immediate future but for generations to come.

"The IEF is the backbone to making sure opportunities are there in educational settings that bring our children together.

"It is the voice, the investigator and the supporter of the cause and any funding that goes to this drive can only hone a better society here in Northern Ireland.

"It is a pleasure to be in a position to support the IEF and we do it because at Hagan Homes we believe in cohesive neighbourhoods."

Baroness May Blood, campaign chair at the IEF, thanked the company "for their steadfast commitment to local charities - especially those, like us, who rely totally on the generosity of business leaders and the general public".

"This donation will make a huge difference," she added.

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