FOI document shows Catholic bishops reversed Department of Education’s support for parents’ rights
Atheist Ireland has obtained, under the Freedom of Information Act, notes of a meeting between the Department of Education and representatives of the Catholic Church in 2018. At that meeting, the Department told the Catholic Church that ETB schools must respect the constitutional rights of parents for their children to ...
New primary curriculum framework does not address rights of nonreligious families
There is an Article in the Irish Times today “Primary schools to teach foreign languages as religion time cut under new proposals” by Carl O'Brien regarding a new Framework for the Primary school curriculum. It is to be published in 2023 by Minister Norma Foley. As usual this document addresses ...
ETBI contradicts Department of Education about multi-denominational status of schools
The recently published Document from Education and Training Boards Ireland, ETBI's Patrons' Framework on ethos, states that ETB schools are multi-denominational. This includes the Non-Designated Community Colleges and Designated Community Colleges. Specifically, the Ethos Framework states that: "ETB schools are state, co-educational, multi-denominational" As always the ETBs are not clear or transparent ...
Documents about misuse of state funds regarding religious instruction
Since December 2021, Atheist Ireland has been lobbying to vindicate the constitutional right to not attend religious instruction in schools, and to uphold parental authority in the education of their children, which the Supreme Court has described as a foundational pillar of the Constitution. As well as lobbying individual politicians ...
Atheist Ireland letter to Department of Education December 2022
Atheist Ireland wrote this letter to the Department of Education on 5 December 2022. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.teachdontpreach.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/AI-to-Dept-Ed-Dec-2022.pdf" title="AI to Dept Ed Dec 2022"]
Atheist Ireland letter to Oireachtas Education Committee December 2022
Atheist Ireland wrote this letter to the Oireachtas Education Committee on 5 December 2022. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.teachdontpreach.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/AI-to-Ed-Com-Dec-2022.pdf" title="AI to Ed Com Dec 2022"]
Atheist Ireland letter to Comptroller and Auditor General December 2022
Atheist Ireland wrote this letter to the Comptroller and Auditor General on 5 December 2022. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.teachdontpreach.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/AI-to-CAG-Dec-2022.pdf" title="AI to CAG Dec 2022"]
Atheist Ireland letter to Public Accounts Committee December 2022
Atheist Ireland wrote this letter to the Public Accounts Committee on 5 December 2022. [pdf-embedder url="https://www.teachdontpreach.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/AI-to-PAC-Dec-2022.pdf" title="AI to PAC Dec 2022"]
Atheist Ireland asks NCCA to recommend change in law for senior cycle SPHE
Atheist Ireland has made the following submission to the NCCA Consultation on the redevelopment of Senior Cycle SPHE. 1. Overview 2. Why legal change is needed 3. Constitutional rights of parents 4. Legal route to course being taught through religious ethos 5. Catholic Church Guidelines on teachers upholding their ethos ...