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Irish politician sees no place for religious schools

Catholic World News - January 19, 2012

An Irish Labor Party leader told the Irish Catholic that “religious ethos has no place in the educational system of a modern republic.”

The claim by Aodhan O Riordain matched efforts by the Labor Party to make it impossible for schools run by the Catholic Church to give preference in admission to Catholic students. “I seen no reason to give a faith-based school any protection,” O Riordain said.

O Riordain’s hostility toward faith-based schools contrasts with earlier public statements by education minister Ruairi Quinn, also a member of the Labor Party, who said that “religious education will have an important place in the future of education in Ireland.”

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