I am just skimming through the 'Report'. Some parts of it are strange and do not appear to have addressed the problems which have been clearly identified. Just one small example from page 121:
The Advisory Group recommends that communal prayers, reflections, hymns, or school assemblies, where these take place, should be respectful of the beliefs and culture of all children, and must not be in conflict with their constitutional, legal or human rights.
Good luck in squaring that circle, especially when, I understand, that the Human Rights body says that we have the right not to divulge our philosophical belief system if we don't want to. This would mean that atheist students would have to partake in prayers/hymns etc. if they don't wish to announce their atheism. This is blatantly passing the problem onto the school boards with this pathetic 'recommendation' from the 'Advisory Group' not worth the ink.
I think John Coolahan should be sent back to try again. I would mark his report card "Must try harder."
I'm sure Marks and Michael will comprehensively discredit this report.
I also saw an article in the Irish Times the other day, still on the IT website, maintaining that removing religion from schools is not a neutral action - or some such theme.
Sorry, that is page 121 of the pdf-file, on page numbered 112 of the report.