Sunday 22 October 2017

Fianna Fail must make its schools policy clear

IN her response (Letters, July 4) to David Quinn's column of July 1 dealing with recent Fianna Fail policy pronouncements, Senator Averil Power defends her party's submission to the forum on the future patronage of primary schools, but does so in a misleading way. For example, she says that Bishop Leo O'Reilly, chair of the Education Commission of the Irish Bishops' Conference, backed the 'community school' pilot model unveiled by the last government.

But he backed this model because they teach children religion in accordance with the wishes of their parents, whereas Educate Together does not.

By contrast, in their submission to the forum, Fianna Fail appears to believe that ideally all children should go to 'community schools'. The submission does not appear to support denominational schools as a good in themselves.

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