Written Answers. - Rules for National Schools.

Tuesday, 12 February 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 404 No. 9

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  55.  Proinsias De Rossa  Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa   asked the Minister for Education  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   if she will outline her views on the apparent contradiction between rule 68 of the Rules for National Schools which rules that a religious spirit should inform and vivify the whole work of the school and rule 69 which rules that religious instruction be timetabled so that pupils can withdraw for that specific period if parents/guardians so wish; and the way in which these two rules can each be operated, or alternatively which should take precedence.

Minister for Education (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  The rules in question, which have stood for a considerable number of years, reflect distinctions drawn in the [2286] context of different religious denominations which, however, share a common Christian background. From that perspective rules 68 and 69 are not in contradiction.

I would add that I have indicated my acceptance of the recommendation of the Primary Review Body for a general review of the Rules for National Schools.


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