Written answers

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Department of Education and Science

School Patronage

8:00 am

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Dublin South East, Labour)
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Question 110: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she has received a copy of a draft position paper by an organisation (details supplied) regarding the lack of appropriate provisions for the rights of non-religious parents and students to be respected; if she has issued a formal response to this document; if she has made a submission to the Irish Human Rights Commission which is currently writing a report on the place of religion in education from a human rights perspective having regard to the observations made by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2110/11]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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I have not received a copy of the draft position paper by the organisation you mention. I understand that the document in question is a preliminary version of a submission which the organisation in question proposes to make to the Irish Human Rights Commission.

The Irish Human Rights Commission has issued a discussion paper which explores the place of religion in education from a human rights perspective. I understand that on the basis of the feedback received from individuals and organisation and further analysis, the Commission will make recommendations to the Government pursuant to Section 8(d) of the Human Rights Commission Act 2000. As it will be a matter for Government to respond to these recommendations in due course, I as Minister have not made a submission to the Commission.

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