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  1. Christine Rourke 8 Apr 2010, 12:27pm

    And of course as most schools in Eire are catholic, this is going to be widespread.

    It’s totally out of kilter with EU HR legislation, so Irish politicians need to get hammered over this.

  2. Christine – 92% of Irish schools, in both primary & secondary sectors, have a “Catholic Ethos”.

    INTO represents teachers in primary schools.

    I know 2 gay primary school teachers and “Catholic Ethos” doesn’t cause a problem because the Priest who is on the Board of Management, ignores their sexual orientation & treats them like any human being.

  3. faith schools should be banned. never mind allow them to discriminate. this is pathetic.
    more proof that we are still regarded as second class dogs in the eyes of the majority.

  4. Patrick James 8 Apr 2010, 1:24pm

    Well done, INTO. It looks to me like this is an interpretation of the legislation by the schools which is in question by the INTO rather than a questioning of the legislation itself.

    I grew up in Northern Ireland which is different, of course, from the Republic of Ireland, however I always took an interest in these issues.

    In the Republic of Ireland we can see what can happen with faith schools and it is why I oppose them so much in the UK.

    The Conservative party is promising The biggest expansion of faith schools since the 19th century as reported in the Daily Mail as well as many other places.

    Those of us interested in LGBT rights issues must oppose this.

  5. glitzfrau 8 Apr 2010, 1:48pm

    Patrick, absolutely – faith schools are dangerous. A huge problem in Ireland is that there has never been a test case taken about this legislation. As under the British section 28, queer teachers just have no idea what the consequences of being out at work are, so many (I know two) live in fear and completely in the closet.

    Some individual boards or priests may be enlightened, but if you don’t know for sure, it’s safest to stay quiet. This disgraceful state of affairs makes a mockery of anti-homophobic bullying campaigns in schools.

  6. Things are changing in Ireland. There was an INTO meeting of LGBT teachers in Dublin last year.

    The fact that the catholic cult in Ireland is now weaker than it has ever been in the past makes it a suitable time to campaign to scrap the religious opt out from equality laws.

    The Irish catholic cult has proven itself utterly unqualified to lecture anyone on morality considering that they had an official policy of protecting serial child-rapists over generations.

    I am truly baffled why the homophobes of the Tory Law and Justice Party want to massively increase funding to cult run schools.

    Allowing these cult-run schools to avoid equality laws is tantamount to child abuse.

  7. So, an organisation run by pederasts, doesn’t want gay employees?
    Suits me.

  8. This is what you get when you give religious opt outs. We must not accept them in the UK.

  9. jonnielondon 8 Apr 2010, 5:59pm

    My teacher’s union is very supportive of LGBT people in their ranks. If I’m paying them my dues, my expectation is that they work for and support me. Maybe a campaign to withold those dues would be in order if a gay coalition of the union members could form.

  10. The Irish government does need to get hammered over this blatant inequality. It shouldn’t be on the books in 2010. It’s not sufficient to trust your future to the whims of the Catholic Church, as we should all be quite clear about now.

    Behind this is the larger question of state schools and the government’s role in implementing them. That time has come.

  11. Chris Bamlett 24 Jan 2011, 4:33pm

    I recently finished my A-Levels at my Roman Catholic school and I have to admit that the breed of homophobia there (what I called Indoctrinated Homophobia) is very dangerous. After all, from there point of view it’s the words of a small, sinful minority against the HOLY LOGOS OF THE DIVINE TRINITY!

    Which are they more likely to support on a blind faith, “Just because” basis?

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