FG to end ability of Catholic schools only to discriminate on basis of religion

rapparree

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https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/bruton-to-stop-catholic-schools-admitting-on-basis-of-religion-1.3136791

Catholic primary schools will no longer be able to discriminate in favour of pupils on the basis of religion under plans announced by Minister for Education Richard Bruton.
He told an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday evening that he plans to remove the “baptism barrier” in admission to Catholic schools.
However, minority faiths – such as the Church of Ireland – will be able to continue to select students on the basis of religion in cases where they are over-subscribed in order to protect their ethos.
utter disgrace, if religion is to be removed as a basis for admission it should be applied to all faith schools, not just Catholic schools

why should Catholic schools not be able to protect their ethos when other faith based schools can continue to do so

the protestant lobby of fine gael behind this move no doubt
 


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I can understand the reasoning that informed this decision, but it would have been so much less controversial to simply remove religion as a factor in school admissions in all schools. Politically a very poor decision.
 

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I can't see how what is reported is legal, no catholics need apply?
 

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All schools in the country should be religion free, a school should be about learning subjects like maths, science, history, geography etc, not which sky fairy you believe in.
 

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Where's glenshane? The word "catholic" is in the thread title.
 

Half Nelson

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Entirely illegal. It's what's known as religious discrimination.
 

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All schools in the country should be religion free, a school should be about learning subjects like maths, science, history, geography etc, not which sky fairy you believe in.
Is that your belief?
 

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RTÉ manages to report on this without mentioning the word "Catholic".

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0628/886175-school-admissions/

FF seems to be quite relaxed about it which is significant. In reality, there's such a selection of RC National schools around the country that this probably won't really discommode anyone.

Watch this space, though.
 

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I note he mentions three exceptions.......I wonder if the Muslim schools are one of those exceptions?
 

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All schools in the country should be religion free, a school should be about learning subjects like maths, science, history, geography etc, not which sky fairy you believe in.
The Social Democrats say "that religion classes should be moved to the end of the school day so that children who are not attending them can be taken home rather than facing the awkward alternative of being supervised in (sic) separately while the religion class is being taught"

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0628/886175-school-admissions/

A sensible interim measure IMHO.

But I do wonder if this legislation will stand up in the higher courts.
 

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Anticatholicism is the religion most of out favor with the New World Order - it is under assault to a degree no other religion on Earth is, globally but especially in the West. They must have been doing something right to win that status.

Smells a little like the penal laws. Maybe we will get a United Ireland sooner than we thought? The Orange Anti Catholic bigots will be scrambling to join us as a refresher for their beliefs when those up the North get sick of them.
 

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Fine Gael shooting themselves in the foot with this idea.
It's surprising to see any intelligent politician associate himself with any law which specifically targets one religion. Would FG do it for the Jews or Muslims? It seems they would.
 

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FF seems to be quite relaxed about it which is significant. In reality, there's such a selection of RC National schools around the country that this probably won't really discommode anyone.
Fianna Fáil are not kicking up about this because they realise they can't get anything out of it.

Demogogic populism 101
 


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