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Seanad: Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016: Committee Stage (20 Jun 2018)

“I move amendment No. 28:In page 23, line 11, after “school” to insert “not aided by the Department of Education and Skills”. I would like to start by welcoming the Minister's new amendments, which go some way towards addressing the issue of the baptism barrier. However, I am unhappy with the singling out of one religion, namely Catholicism, and the removal of a...”

Seanad: Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016: Committee Stage (20 Jun 2018)

“I understand what the Minister is trying to do. There are fundamental differences between us. I lived abroad for many years in countries such as Spain and Holland. A baptism barrier just would not exist in the Netherlands. The discussion, in terms of the separation of church and State, is something that will evolve over time. I agree with the Minister that we are not ready for such a...”

Seanad: Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016: Committee Stage (20 Jun 2018)

“I move amendment No. 29:In page 23, line 20, to delete “or”. This issue has been highlighted by the Ombudsman for Children, the Irish Foster Care Association and by foster parents themselves. The amendments I am putting forward seek to protect children who are terminally ill and to reduce the stress on a child and his or her family at such a difficult time. I call on the...”

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