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Church wants say over RE teachers in State-run primary schools

The Catholic Church wants to have an input into deciding who will teach religion in the new, VEC-run, State primary schools due to be launched in three areas of Dublin in September. However, Bishop Leo O'Reilly, the head of the Church's education commission, has denied claims that the Church is seeking a veto over such issues.

25/03/08
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‘Typical’ young offenders are poor and from one parent families, study finds

The typical profile of a young offender is a male who lives with one parent and is likely to be a drug or alcohol user, according to a study of offenders who appeared before the Children's Court in 2004.

25/03/08
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Irish becoming less religiously observant: poll

A clear majority of Irish people still believe in God, Heaven and sin and just under half attend weekly Mass or more, a new survey has revealed.

20/03/08
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Decline in marriage leads to problems in class, teachers say

The decline of traditional marriage has created a series of problems, including school failure, poverty and crime, teachers in the UK have claimed.

20/03/08
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Teen sexual relationships with older partners have negative consequences: research

Teens who have a sexual relationship with an older partner may face adverse consequences not only in the short-term but also into young adulthood, according to new research from US child welfare research centre Child Trends.

19/03/08
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Religion can lead to more contented life, research suggests.

People with a religious faith have a greater capacity to deal with traumas such as losing a job or divorce, according to a new study presented to a Royal Economic Society conference. The conference, which began on Monday and ends today, heard that a survey of thousands of Europeans showed that believers have higher levels of "life satisfaction".

19/03/08
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Same-sex civil unions could pave way to same-sex adoptions, say leading lawyers

If Ireland legislates to permit same-sex civil partnerships, it could be compelled under international law to legalise gay adoption as well, according to two leading family lawyers.

14/03/08
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Children’s right referendum won’t be held this year

The proposed children’s rights referendum will not be held until next year it has emerged. The delay in the referendum is because the Oireachtas Committee established to examine the matter has decided it needs more time.

12/03/2008
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Barnardos head wants lower threshold for State intervention in family

The bar for State intervention in family life is too high when it comes to effectively helping children where their parents are failing in their duty, according to Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of children’s charity, Barnardos.

06/03/08
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California Supreme Court hears arguments about same sex marriage

Arguments about the definition of marriage were heard in California's Supreme Court yesterday in the most important US same-sex marriage case since Massachusetts’s highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry there more than four years ago.

05/03/08
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Social scientists “now more concerned about family breakdown”: study

Scholars who study the family have become more worried about the decline of marriage since the late 1970s as new research about its detrimental effects on society has become available, according to a new report.

04/03/08
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Churches and State opposed to Commission's stance on EU law

The Government and the main churches have said that they will fight an attempt by the EU Commission to remove the right of religious organisations to exemptions from the EU's equality directive, the Irish Catholic has reported.

04/02/08
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Catholic Church in US losing more members than other denominations

The Catholic Church in the US has lost more members to other faiths than any other, a new survey has shown. The study, carried out by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, found that more than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion.

28/02/08
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Unmarried women “three times more likely to commit suicide”: UK report

Single and cohabiting women are increasingly much more likely to commit suicide than married women, a UK report showed yesterday.

29/02/08
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Children “too materialistic”, says Anglican leader

Commercialism is transforming children into selfish materialists with little sense of their own worth, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

27/08/08
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Child benefit could be taxed under new proposal

A report being studied by the Government has proposed that a new welfare payment for poorer families could be financed by taxing child benefit for higher income parents, according to a report in the Irish Times. The proposal also suggests that child benefit be lowered for the third and subsequent child per family.

26/02/08
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UK council bans couple from adopting over gay laws

Lawyers for a Christian couple are to seek a judicial review of a decision by social workers to ban them from fostering young children because the couple refused to sign up to new gay equality laws.

26/02/08
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Child benefit could be taxed under new proposal

A report being studied by the Government has proposed that a new welfare payment for poorer families could be financed by taxing child benefit for higher income parents, according to a report in the Irish Times. The proposal also suggests that child benefit be lowered for the third and subsequent child per family.

26/02/08
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Referendum must vindicate “economic, social and cultural rights of all children”: charity

Any referendum on the Rights of the Child must explicitly vindicate “the economic, social and cultural rights of all children”, Focus Ireland, the charity which works with homeless people, has said.

26/02/08
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McDowell reiterates call for fathers' rights

The former Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Michael McDowell has reiterated his call for the Government to address the question of fathers rights. Speaking at a Bar Council conference, Mr McDowell said that the rights of unmarried fathers can be fought for in the Irish courts through the European Convention on Human Rights.

27/02/07
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