Category Archives: National School Rules

How Irish law effectively prohibits non-denominational secular schools based on human rights

Irish law effectively prohibits non-denominational secular schools based on human rights, despite the Irish Government telling the UN Human Rights Committee last month that there are no obstacles to establishing such schools in Ireland. The Government did outline two requirements … Continue reading

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Children have a human right to a neutral studying environment, even in denominational schools

Last month Ireland appeared before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR). Every five years the UN questions Ireland in relation to their human rights obligations under the Covenant. In … Continue reading

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UN asks Ireland about discrimination against atheist teachers – video and transcript

The UN Human Rights Committee has told Ireland to stop breaching the human rights of atheists and minority faith teachers and health workers, reflecting concerns raised by Atheist Ireland at the questioning session in Geneva. The Committee concluded: The Human … Continue reading

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UN Human Rights Committee tells Ireland to stop breaching the human rights of atheists and minority faiths

The UN Human Rights Committee today told Ireland to stop breaching the human rights of atheists and minority faiths in the education system, employment, religious oaths and blasphemy law. The UN report published today vindicates all of the complaints raised … Continue reading

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Irish government again defers to the “institutionalised belief system” that pervades Irish schools.

Last Monday the UN Human Rights Committee asked Ireland, “with regard to denominational schools, does the State believe it is required to ensure a neutral teaching environment outside of the religious instruction classes”. It also asked if the State will   … Continue reading

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Why religious education must be neutral and objective, and how the Irish State is ignoring our human rights

Ireland is due to appear before the UN Human Rights Committee in July this year. The UN have asked Ireland to explain what it is doing to protect minorities in Irish schools and how many non-denominational schools has it established … Continue reading

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How to let the Minister for Education know your views on inclusive primary schools

Atheist Ireland is suggesting the following advice for parents and other citizens who are making a submission to the Department of Education’s consultation on promoting greater inclusiveness in primary schools. The Minister for Education is seeking submissions from the public on … Continue reading

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How to let Ruairi Quinn know your concerns about inclusive schools.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, is seeking submissions on promoting greater inclusiveness in primary schools. Information on the process can be accessed here http://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Conferences/Patronage-and-Pluralism-in-the-Primary-Sector/Call-for-Submissions-on-the-Recommendations-of-the-Advisory-Group-to-the-Forum-on-Patronage-and-Pluralism-in-the-Primary-Sector.pdf The majority of schools in Ireland are religious and the United Nations Human … Continue reading

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Does the Government believe that the level of protection afforded to a human right – such as the right to freedom of religion – should depend on the preference of the majority in a particular area?

The Following is an extract from the Submission by Dr. Alison Mawhinney (Bangor University) to the UN Human Rights Committee with respect to the Adoption of the List of Issues related to Ireland’s fourth periodic report under the International Covenant … Continue reading

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IHRC asks UN to ask Ireland about non-faith children in education system

In their Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on Ireland’s Fourth Periodic Report under the ICCPR –(List of Issues Stage) the Irish Human Rights Commission has raised the issue of the human rights of non-faith children in Irish schools. … Continue reading

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