What exactly is the relationship between the church and state?27 January 2014
2014 Gold medal winner and member of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor Desmond Clarke, discusses this tricky question with the Irish Times education correspondent Joe Humphreys.
Here’s a snippet from the article:
The relationship of church and state in education is under renewed scrutiny. Plans to create more diversity in patronage have fallen flat, and promised legislation on both admissions and workplace equality has yet to materialise.
In the wake of this month’s Equality Tribunal judgment criticising a Catholic school for asking a job applicant for her views on “homos”, fresh questions are being asked about whether denominational schools have been given excessive powers to protect their ethos.
These questions are not new to Desmond M Clarke, emeritus professor of philosophy at UCC, who has written extensively on education and other policy matters during a long academic career that is being honoured this evening by the Royal Irish Academy.
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