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Government to review hijab policy

The Government is to consider whether or not to issue guidelines to schools regarding whether or the wearing of a ‘hijab’, or headscarf, by Muslim school-girls can be permitted.

20/05/08
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UN chief affirms the importance of fathers

The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, has affirmed the importance of fathers in the lives of children. He made the comment as the UN celebrated its International Day of Families yesterday.

16/05/08
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Threat to religious symbols as SF Minister follows English schools' policy

Students' freedom to wear religious symbols such as crucifixes in Northern Ireland could be curtailed after Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitriona Ruane revealed that she was considering following English policy which bans displays of such symbols from schools.

09/05/08
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Nearly one fifth of US fathers have children with more than one woman: study

Almost one in five, 17 per cent, of US fathers aged 16-45 have had children with more than one woman, according to a newly published study from Child Trends, an American think tank. The study identifies factors associated with men who have children with multiple women, referred to as "multiple-partner fertility".

07/05/08
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Minister threatens to ban policies preferring past pupils, siblings

Minister for Education Mary Hanafin has said she might ban school admission policies that give preference to past pupils and siblings could be banned. Speaking at last week's conference of Catholic secondary school managers, she suggested that such policies might be being used to exclude special needs and newcomer pupils.

07/05/08
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Primate warns giving marriage like rights to other family forms undermines marriage

The Primate of All-Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has warned the Government that granting marriage like rights to other family forms undermines marriage, which he called a “fundamental building block of our society”.

07/05/08
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Marriage set to decline further by 2021, CSO predicts

The decline in marriage among women aged between 25-34 is set to continue between now and 2021, according to projections from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The figures, contained in the CSO's Population and Labour Force Projections, 2011-2041, suggest that the marriage rate among women aged between 25 and 29 is likely to decline from just over 23 per cent in 2006 to 20 per cent in 2021.

02/05/08
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EU pursuing agenda of “moral regulation”: report

The European Union (EU) is overstepping its mandate by pursing a regime of “moral regulation”, according to a recently published research paper . The paper argues that, by funding controversial social policy initiatives on the family and the beginning and end-of-life issues, the EU is intruding on the jurisdiction over moral matters.

02/05/08
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Parental choice “crucial consideration”, says Catholic schools' head

Protecting parental choice needs to be a key part of school policy going forward, according to the head of the body representing Catholic secondary schools. Ferdia Kelly, the general secretary of the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools (AMCSS), made the comments before the start of the association's annual conference this week.

01/05/08
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Abstinence education “crucial to well being of youth”: report

Abstinence education is "crucial to the physical and psycho-emotional well-being of the nation's youth," according to a recent report by US think tank the Heritage Foundation.

30/04/08
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Burden sisters lose battle for tax status in European court

Two elderly sisters battling to avoid huge tax liabilities in the event of either one dying described a European court ruling denying their appeal as amounting to “persecution”. Joyce and Sybil Burden, aged 90 and 82 respectively, have lived together in Wiltshire all their lives and have been seeking to avoid inheritance tax when one of them dies.

30/04/08
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Majority of Italians ignorant about Bible

A majority of Italians do not know basic facts about the Bible, according to a new survey. The poll, conducted by Eurisko for the Catholic Biblical Federation, showed that only 14 per cent of Italians could answer a series of questions about the Bible correctly. The survey, which mirrors similar polls carried out in Ireland by the Iona Institute, shows that levels of religious knowledge are similarly low in the country which is the home of the Catholic Church.

29/04/08
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Catholic schools vindicated by Government audit

Catholic primary schools top the table for social inclusion, according to new Government figures published yesterday. The figures, contained in an audit of schools' enrolment policies, showed that Catholic primary schools were more likely to enrol children from the traveller community, from non-Irish backgrounds and children with special needs than other denominational and multidenominational schools.

29/04/08
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Cohabiting couples in UK must divide property when they split, says ruling

Cohabiting couples in the UK who share a home face the prospect of having to divide the proceeds equally in the event of a split, just as a married couple would, according to a ruling yesterday in the Court of Appeals. The judgment sets out new rules for the four million unmarried couples who invest their savings in property.

24/04/08
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Charter could supercede Supreme Court, says leading lawyer

The Supreme Court's role could be eclipsed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to leading constitutional lawyer, Gerard Hogan SC. And this could extend to laws relating to marriage and family. The Charter of Fundamental Rights will become enforceable under the proposed Lisbon Treaty.

Speaking at a conference of the Irish European Law forum last night, he questioned the inclusion of certain rights in the charter, such as the right to marry and found a family. Such issues, he pointed out, were not within the competence of EU legislation.

No EU competence existed in relation to national marriage legislation, so it is unclear why such a right should be stated, as it is only enforceable if EU law is being implemented. This could also be said of many of the other rights in the charter, he added, including the rights of the child.

His comments come as the EU Commission are in the process of compelling Germany to replace its same sex civil unions legislation with full gay marriage, and have threatened to take Ireland to court over its equality legislation. Employment Commissioner Vladimir Spidla has said that the exemption for religious institutions in the Equality Act are “too broad”. It now appears that the Commission will back down with regard to the exemption.

Depending on how it is interpreted, the Charter could amount to "the most profound change" in relation to judicial review and the protection of fundamental rights since the adoption of the Constitution, Mr Hogan said.

Mr Hogan said the Charter had many positive aspects, such as its creation of a proper legal basis for a challenge to the validity of EU legislation on human rights grounds. However, it also contained some problematic aspects.

In particular, it was unclear as to when a state would be "implementing Union law" and when it would be implementing purely domestic law, given the transposition of EU directives into domestic law. The "implementation of EU law" condition could also be triggered by accidental factors like nationality or travel, he said.

However, Fine Gael Senator and barrister Eugene Regan, who specialises in EU law, said that the charter and the accompanying explanations were unambiguous about not extending the powers of the EU into new areas.

He pointed to Article 51, stating: "the Charter does not extend the field of application of Union law beyond the power of the Union or establish any new power or task for the Union."

He added that the Charter distinguishes between rights, which could be enforced, and principles, which could not be. In this, he said it was similar to the Irish Constitution, which contains a statement of socio-economic rights, which are principles and are not enforceable.

However, Mr Hogan pointed out that the Charter is unclear as to which "rights" are rights in the full, justiciable sense of the word, and which "rights" are merely principles.

24/04/08

“Growing hesitation” to speak on faith “irritates” Taoiseach

Outgoing Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has spoken of his frustration at a growing hesitation to refer to issues of faith and belief in public debate. At a reception on Tuesday evening for churches and faith communities involved in the Structured Dialogue between them and the State, which Mr Ahern launched last February, he said this hesitation "upsets me and irritates me".

24/04/08
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Statutory rape law set for challenge in High Court

A High Court challenge to the statutory rape law is to be made by a teenage boy on the grounds it discriminates against him because he is male. The 17-year-old from Donegal has been charged with the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl on August 5, 2006, when he was aged 15.

23/04/08
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Family grocery bill soars as food shortages cause record food inflation

The annual grocery bill for families in the UK has grown by almost £800 as food inflation hit its highest level in a generation driving up supermarket prices, according to research published on Tuesday. A basket of 24 basic items such as tea bags, milk, cornflakes and pasta sauce at the three biggest stores has seen an increase in price of 15 per cent in the past year.

23/04/08
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Alcohol abuse “burden on society” says HSE report

Rising consumption of alcohol is linked to 46 per cent of murders, 36.5 per cent of fatal crashes, 28 per cent of A&E cases and 25 per cent of domestic abuse cases, according to a report published yesterday by the HSE.

22/04/08
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Leading FG TD warns that civil unions “must not erode marriage”

A leading Fine Gael TD has said she would be “very concerned” if proposed legislation to allow for same sex civil unions gave such couples rights similar to those enjoyed by married couples. Dublin South East deputy Lucinda Creighton told the Irish Catholic that she would not support “the conferral of equivalent rights to civil partnerships as currently pertain to marriage”, although she does support the conferring of such rights as next-of-kin and maintenance.

17/04/08
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