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Leftist tilt in UN review of Ireland's record

Catholic World News - October 07, 2011

Columnist David Quinn notes that in assessing Ireland's policies, UN officials take a distinctly left-wing perspective, which is evident in their treatment of issues such as abortion and religious education.

On abortion, UN reviewers have questioned Ireland's restrictions on the practice, although nothing in international law conflicts with the Irish protection of unborn human life. On schooling, Quinn acknowledges that it was reasonable to question whether Irish families had access to non-denominational education.

But the ideological bias was in evidence when it didn't tell France to do the opposite. France has a state-dominated school system and France wasn't told when it appeared before this committee to facilitate parents who want a denominational education for their children.

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