Schools & Education

The ‘immense and tutelary power’ seeking to mould even the youngest children

I had a very interesting debate about childcare on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke yesterday. I was debating ex-Senator Jillian Van Turnhout, formerly of the Children’s Rights Alliance. I argued in favour of parental choice when it comes to child-minding. Jillian argued in favour of State-sponsored, State-funded, State-regulated ‘early education’. It was a clash of...

UK Government has more faith in faith schools than our own

Here in Ireland, there is a strong campaign against faith schools. Their ethos is under attack for not being ‘inclusive’ enough, as is their admissions policy. Meanwhile, the British Government has just heaped praise on Catholic schools and said more are to be built in order to meet public demand. The contrast with the situation...

Submission to the Equality Authority on s37 of the Employment Equality Acts

The Equality Authority is examining Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act which allows religious employers to protect their ethos. It has invited submissions from interested parties. Here is the submission of The Iona Institute.

Protecting Denominational Education

Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick explains the threat posed to denominational education by proposals made in the Government’s Forum on Patronage and Pluralism and the need to protect the ethos of faith schools.

The rights of denominational schools in Irish and international law

Our latest briefing note illustrates that, contrary to what has been alleged, policies protecting the distinctive ethos of denominational schools are fully consistent with both Irish and international human rights law.

The Future of Catholic Primary Schools in a Pluralist Society-Fr Michael Drumm

Fr Michael Drumm defends the role of Catholic schools in a pluralist society in a talk given at the Iona Institute’s conference on denominational education “Denominational schools in a pluralist society”.

The Case for Catholic Schools

The Government’s Forum on the future of primary schools necessitates making the positive case for Catholic schools which we do in this briefing note.

Ireland, the United Nations and human rights

Ireland is to appear before the UN Human Rights Council to discuss our human rights record. But UN bodies often radically misinterpret their own treaties.

Speech of John Bruton in defence of religious education

This is the text of a speech given by John Bruton on 7th April in defence of religious education. It was given as part of a series of Lenten Lectures, hosted jointly by the Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian parishes of Booterstown, Dublin.

Religious Education and Human Rights submission

The Iona Institute has made a submission in response to the Irish Human Rights Commission Discussion Paper ‘Religion and Education: A Human Rights Perspective’. The IHRC paper argues that Ireland may be in breach of certain of our human rights obligations in respect of denominational schools. We argue that the paper proceeds from a flawed...