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Irish Government To End Discrimination Against LGBT Teachers - VIDEO

Irish Minister For Education Ruairi Quinn

The Irish government announced on June 28th that under an employment law amendment to be passed shortly, schools will no longer be allowed to fire teachers based on family status or sexual orientation.

The news came on the same day as Dublin’s biggest ever Pride Parade, with an estimated attendance of 40,000.

The amendment, jointly submitted by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, will repeal section 37 of the Employment Equality Act of 1998, which currently allows religious institutions to discriminate “where it is reasonable to do so in order to maintain the religious ethos of the institution”.

Speaking to The Journal, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said that there were delays in the repeal of section 37 of the Employment Equality Act in order to ensure that the legislation was “robust enough":

“The Department of Education have been keen to progress it as it affects teachers in their everyday work. Teachers unions have been campaigning for this for a long time. While it has never been used to dismiss someone, it has still been present for teachers. It struck fear in teachers who were fearful of sharing personal details about their personal lives with colleagues and that really is unsatisfactory.”

According to the Irish Times, the proposal to repeal Section 37 will come before government ministers today.  Following approval, the proposals will be passed on to the lower and upper houses of the Irish legislature.

The change in legislation has had cross-party support within the Irish legislature.

Wath Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst perform at Dublin Pride, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Looks like a great party at The George, Dublin.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 1, 2014 4:55:26 PM

  2. Re: ending discrimination against teachers in schools, especially Catholic schools, .....about fu**ing time !

    Teachers have been bullied by Catholic Patrons of schools and right wing Boards of Management, they have been bullied into not speaking up against the prejudices of catholics against gays.
    They have been bullied back into the closet.
    this law should never have been allowed and iy has taken too long to change.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 1, 2014 5:09:08 PM

  3. A horrible draconian law indeed. Whilst it has never been enforced, it leaves teachers in very uncertain territory. A referendum will be held in early spring for gay marriage too (civil partnership is already legal) so that should tie everything up nicely! :-)

    Posted by: C-burg | Jul 1, 2014 6:59:44 PM

  4. Ireland deserves utter condemnation for holding a referendum on equal civil rights.

    Even if it is successful it is despicable and monstrous on every level that a minority's rights are put to the vote.

    The level of homophobic violence is going to increase as our community is relentlessly demonised in the run-up to the election.

    And if the election fails then Ireland's LGB community are screwed as there is no plan B for equality.

    This referendum is one of the low points in the fight for LGB equality in Ireland.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 2, 2014 5:01:28 AM

  5. 'Ireland deserves utter condemnation for holding a referendum on equal civil rights.'

    It's a Constitutional technicality. They have to have one every time they make even the slightest change to the Constitution. It has nothing to do with a mob vote on civil rights. The majority of Irish people would be very glad not to be referred to on the matter, as on many others.

    Posted by: Charles | Jul 2, 2014 9:18:10 AM

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