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Equality Authority says Catholic first policy illegal

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:18 pm
by CitizenPaine
I've just heard on RTE radio news that the Equality Authority has written to the Government, the Catholic hierarchy and certain schools to tell them that the policy of giving preference to Catholic children in primary schools may be in breach of Irish equal status legislation in spite of the clause allowing religious schools to "protect their ethos".

The Authority also points out that the policy is probably in breach of EU anti-discrimination laws, which in any event take precedence over all Irish legislation in this area (thank you, European Union, and not for the first time).

It will be interesting to see what happens next.


Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:25 pm
by artyfarty
Concern over primary school enrolment
listen Wednesday, 12 September 2007 15:36

The Equality Authority says it believes primary schools that apply a Catholics first enrolment policy could be in breach of both Irish and European anti-discrimination legislation. Full story here

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:55 pm
by lostexpectation ... ality.html

they say the religion has a built in get out clause, i dunno I think the problem is a bigger issue then their get out clause....

oh so you can make any post a front page new item...

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:02 pm
by lostexpectation
similar situation in canada

The roots of discord over religious schools

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:31 pm
by Neesik
This story is in today's Guardian, Ireland forced to open immigrant school.

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:30 pm
by tony ... king65.htm
Catholic-first school policy defended

This really is unbelievable. Monsignour Dan O'Connor was on The Last Word with Matt Cooper and made a statement about this. He was completely unchallenged. No opposition and Matt didnt ask any questions. Matt really is a sympatiser i think. Quite disappointing really because he would be a good man to challenge these guys.

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:02 pm
by CitizenPaine
I hope the The Catholic Primary School Managers Association didn't pay too much for that legal advice. As The Minister for [Catholic] Education, Mary Hanifin has said, the policy is within the legal framework of this country, which allows religious institutions to be exempt from equality legislation. The point is that the law is a bad law and, as stated by the Equality Authority, is likely to be in breach of EU anti-discrimination directives, which take precedence over Irish law.

Hello, Mary, that's what the Rome, Maastricht, Nice and other treaties were all about. You're a senior government minister, you should know that.