Department of Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has been taking aim at West Belfast’s greatest asset, St Mary’s University College, with his talk of amalgamating all teacher training education on one site.

That site, of course, would be in the most prosperous part of Belfast, BT9.

All of which makes a mockery of the government’s claim to be making the tackling of need its highest priority.

Closing down a high-quality educational institution with a 100-year-plus history of  sterling results would be a devastating blow to West Belfast.

If Minister Farry proceeds with his scorched-earth policy in regard to St Mary’s University College, he should take note that West Belfast will not give up this treasure easily.

Expect the fight of your life, Minister.