‘Baptism Barrier’ Bill launched as Irish politicians call for separation of Church and State

By Erica Doyle Higgins

A BILL to abolish the Baptism requirement to enlist children in Irish schools has been launched in Ireland. 

The Irish Solidarity Party launched the bill this morning in Dublin to end religious discrimination in admission to primary and post-primary schools.

The change to current legislature will also provide for full participation of pupils of all faiths and none in primary and post-primary educational establishments.

The bill, which is scheduled to be debated tomorrow in Dáil Éireann and voted on this Thursday, would see the abolition of the ‘Baptism Barrier’ which requires children to have received the Christian sacrament prior to enrolling as a pupil as, the party says, ‘education should be open to all, regardless of religion.’

The Solidarity Party’s ‘Equal Participation in Schools Bill’ would also make religious education an issue for after core school hours.

Currently in Ireland it’s ‘practically impossible’ to opt out of religious education, the party says, and instead should be an ‘opt-in’ system.

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  1. @OP – A BILL to abolish the Baptism requirement to enlist children in Irish schools has been launched in Ireland.

    The Italians – despite extensive Catholicism, seem to have a much better, and less homeopathic criterion!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39983799

    The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools.

  2. Meanwhile – Irish politics is taking new steps forward!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40139428

    Leo Varadkar: Ireland set to have first gay PM

    Leo Varadkar is set to become the Republic of Ireland’s next taoiseach (prime minister) after winning the leadership of the Fine Gael party.

    The 38-year-old will become the first gay taoiseach and will also be the country’s youngest ever leader.

    Mr Varadkar beat his rival, Housing Minister Simon Coveney, with 60% of the votes to lead Fine Gael – the biggest party in the coalition government.

    He will succeed Enda Kenny as leader of the centre-right party within weeks.

    Mr Varadkar is to contact Mr Coveney to discuss what position he will hold in government and the future of the party.

    He is also expected to hold talks with Fine Gael’s partners in government and with Fianna Fáil next week.

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