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by Marks
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Enrolment Policies - Discrimination
Replies: 16
Views: 14129

Re: Enrolment Policies - Discrimination

Would you consider contacting the Equality Authority as well. It is also important that the Equality Authority are aware of this as well . Their contact details are Locall 1890 245 545 or email info@equality.ie

Let them have a copy of the refusal from the school.
by Marks
Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Enrolment Policies - Discrimination
Replies: 16
Views: 14129

Re: Enrolment Policies - Discrimination

"How can this be legal?! Surely if not the Constitution, it must be breaking multiple European laws and Human Rights charters?" Unfortunately it is legal as religious discrimination is simply part of Irish life. Religious bodies (schools) are exempted from equality laws. Schools are also exempted fr...
by Marks
Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: R.E teacher shows photos of aborted foetuses to class
Replies: 5
Views: 6558

Re: R.E teacher shows photos of aborted foetuses to class

We do get offers to speak in some schools especially from Educate Together. Unfortunately it is difficult to get someone available during the week to go to a school and speak on the subject. As for the course on Religious Education at second level we actually have it in writing from the National Cou...
by Marks
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: R.E teacher shows photos of aborted foetuses to class
Replies: 5
Views: 6558

Re: R.E teacher shows photos of aborted foetuses to class

Something like that happened to my family as well. We had opted our child out of the RE course for the very reasons that you set out. It is Religious Instruction not an education about Religion and Beliefs. She was not supervised outside the RE class as they refused to do so. One particular day the ...
by Marks
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:35 am
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Ireland rejects UN call to end schools discriminating...
Replies: 2
Views: 2573

Re: Ireland rejects UN call to end schools discriminating...

Ireland has no non-denominational schools so it is difficult to understand how the number of non-denominational schools could be growing.
by Marks
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Predictions for Forum on Patronage Report?
Replies: 15
Views: 8949

Re: Predictions for Forum on Patronage Report?

I think it will be a wash out. They'll recommend that some Catholic schools should be divested to other patrons where other patrons can show adequate demand for it. So by the end of the process we'll have maybe 85% of primary schools under Catholic patronage instead of 90%. Maybe I'm being too pess...
by Marks
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Ruairi Quinn plans forum on removing Catholic Patronage
Replies: 147
Views: 76686

Re: Ruairi Quinn plans forum on removing Catholic Patronage

I am concerned that there are some more VEC Community Schools opening. These are religious schools but just under a different patronage. Interdenominational schools are know internationally as Christian schools. The previous Government has already given an assurance to the Catholic Church that the c...
by Marks
Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Atheists are Nazi's or communists
Replies: 34
Views: 24280

Re: Atheists are Nazi's or communists

Hibernia College must think we are stupid if that is the reply they gave to various people. How teachers are trained is part of a human rights framework as education is a human right. The OSCE (Ireland is chair of the OSCE this year) have produced Guidelines called the Toledo Guiding Principles whic...
by Marks
Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Ruairi Quinn plans forum on removing Catholic Patronage
Replies: 147
Views: 76686

Re: Ruairi Quinn plans forum on removing Catholic Patronage

We have been in touch with Claire and have her research. Last week we sent this published research to the Council of Europe Advisory Committee under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. We also sent Alison Mawhinney's research - The Irish Primary School system : A Fail...
by Marks
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Separation of Church and State
Topic: Prayers in the Dáil/Councils etc
Replies: 9
Views: 8814

Re: Prayers in the Dáil/Councils etc

I am presuming that they say a Christian prayer in the Dail. I was wondering if this constitutes discrimination under Article 44.2.3 :- “The State shall not impose any disabilities or make any discrimination on the ground of religious profession, belief or status.” Should the TD’s not be saying a pr...