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Irish minister Ruairi Quinn launches guidelines on safe and supportive schools for lesbian and gay students

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  1. Pleased to see a start is being made on educating people about diversity.

  2. Jock S. Trap 30 May 2011, 1:44pm

    Better late that never but at least this looks positive on eucation.

    1. Jock S. Trap 30 May 2011, 1:44pm

      oops sorry ‘education’.

  3. Its a good start in Ireland, reflects the general trend in Irish society that homophobia is unacceptable.

  4. Chutneybear 30 May 2011, 2:00pm

    Its good to see, as a proud out Irishman it will teach some of the homophobic <unts in schools their behaviour is not acceoptable

  5. Sorry – but this policy is well intentioned but misguided.

    The catholic cult in Ireland managed to get an opt-out of equality legislation in Ireland (just like in the UK).And they control many schools in Ireland.

    How can teachers fight homophobic bullying if they themselves can technically be fired, if they come out?

    The opt out to equality legislation for religious cults must be ended before schools can tackle homophobic bullying.

    1. Actually, Labour is planning to remove that legacy “opt-out” (Section 37) of the Employment Equality Acts put in place by the previous catholic-arse-licking government. And the schools will be hopefully moved to different patronage, if their elections promise is anything to go by.

      I don’t see this initiative as misguided, even the catholic schools can’t over ride the decisions of the Department of Education, and this is one of those.

      1. Well in that case wouldn’t the more logical plan be to remove the equality opt-out 1st?

        It’s just an enormous contradiction to implement an anti-homophobia campaign into a school system which has been poisoned by the cancerous homophobia of the catholic cult.

        1. Agreed, David, that would make mroe sense.

  6. Really pleased to see positive thoughts coming out of the Irish establishment. It is heartening to see Ireland not only changing its culture (which has been apparent for some time) but now recognising that this must also be evident in law and policy

  7. katie Murphy - ex catholic family 30 May 2011, 9:53pm

    Ireland – the country that I am told evangelized catholocism for Europe.

    Now has CUs and about 70%+ of the populace support marriage.

    And the leading candidate for President is a gay man.

    One of these days, all the catholic churches will have a sign on the outside : Museum of hate and intolerance.

  8. About time too! Now lets get it in the uk!

  9. Christine Beckett 31 May 2011, 9:45am

    “Research in Ireland has consistently shown that young students who are or are perceived to be lesbian or gay experience significant levels of homophobic abuse in schools. ”

    And I’m sure it’s merely coincidence that the catholic church runs most of the schools in Eire. :-(


    1. No harm Chrissie but research shows the same in schools in the UK where most of the schools are not run by the catholic church

      1. Chutneybear 31 May 2011, 12:08pm

        Chrissie you are spot on, it is the kiddy fiddling church who run most schools

  10. Does this publication cover trans students too, or just L&G, and the headline says? The minister mentions trans.

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