Irish Labor party proposal would screen Catholic candidates for public office
January 31, 2012
Ireland’s Labor Party is considering a policy proposal that would call for screening of candidates for senior government office to ensure that they do no “show inappropriate deference to the Catholic Church.”
At a national conference, Labor Party leaders will discuss the proposal, which is designed to eliminate candidates who are “Catholic first and Irish second.” The proposed screening—which would amount to a religious test for public office—would apply to any officials who might have interactions with Church leaders. The policy is relevant especially to public officials dealing with the Irish schools, as the government seeks to gain control over an educational system long administered by the Catholic Church.