Government paid €3.25m to pay for communions last year

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Government paid €3.25m to pay for communions last year

Post by Beebub » Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:32 pm

There wasa report in yesterday's Sunday Times (can't provide link) saying that the Irish government paid €3.25m to people who couldn't afford to pay for their child's communion. Is this not insane?

The pressure on parents to provide a 'big day' for their child is out of control. Communion should be done in school unifroms. If the school doesn't have them, then wouldn't having kids 'dressed nicely' do? I know that the SVP have been calling for this but say that the parents won't have it. It's estimated the average spend last year was €1,000 and this was down on previous years.

But for the state to be forking over millions of euros for a child's communion is too much.
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Re: Government paid €3.25m to pay for communions last year

Post by funkyderek » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:36 pm

Beebub wrote:Communion should be done in school unifroms.
This clashes somewhat with our secular education policy. Schools should have nothing to do with the whole absurd process, and of course, neither should the state.
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Re: Government paid €3.25m to pay for communions last year

Post by aZerogodist » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:21 am

Beebub wrote:the Irish government paid €3.25m to people who couldn't afford to pay for their child's communion. Is this not insane?
Yes, it's all about faith not wealth, or it is wealth not faith. (I wonder how much of the €3.25m is in beer-tokens)

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Re: Government paid €3.25m to pay for communions last year

Post by Beebub » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:00 am

funkyderek wrote:This clashes somewhat with our secular education policy. Schools should have nothing to do with the whole absurd process, and of course, neither should the state.
Yes of course. I should clarify that I'm not suggesting that this should be an aim of AI. Our policy should remain that this malarkey should happen oustide school hours. This would go a long way in helping parents who don't really want their kids to to the damn thing. I was merely agreeing with the SVP on a personal level that while we have a situation that communion is held in school hours, the whole expensive charade should be toned down so that the government doesn't have to fork over €3.25m to help families who are likely struggling in other areas and could probably put that €3.25m to better use.
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