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Labour pandering to a tiny minority with latest attack on faith-based schools

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan of the Labour Party at Leinster House yesterday
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan of the Labour Party at Leinster House yesterday

In its latest bid to curry favour with a certain section of its voters ahead of next year's General Election, Labour's Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has announced the abolition of a rule that offers protection to the ethos of faith schools.

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Rule 68 of the Rules for National Schools allows faith schools to permeate the school day with the school's faith ethos. That seems sensible. Any faith school worth its salt will want to do that. Parents who want their children brought up in their own faith and who send their children to a faith school for that reason will want it too.

Rule 68 says that religious instruction is the most important part of the school day because its focus is God. If God exists, then knowledge of him is clearly the most important knowledge of all.

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