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    Quinn tells ASTI he will change law to protect LGBT teachers from dismissal

    Just breaking on RTÉ News. More to follow.

    Quinn tells ASTI he will change law to protect LGBT teachers from dismissal

    More: Under existing law church-run schools are exempt from being subject to the protections afforded elsewhere to employees based on orientation, marital status, etc. That has resulted in church-run schools dismissing LGBT teachers, and teachers in relationships outside marriage, from teaching, on the basis that their lifestyle is not approved by the Church.

    The Church in the 1990s demanded and got that concession.

    Ruairi Quinn will be making all schools subject to the law, so church schools will be unable any longer to dismiss teachers because of their orientation or marital status.
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    From his speech to the ASTI..

    Gay and Lesbian Teachers

    Before I conclude, I want to make a brief comment on a campaign the ASTI have been involved in for some time.

    The campaign to amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act to remove discrimination against gay and lesbian teachers.

    Our programme for Government contains a commitment that we will remove discriminations against gay people, which prevent them from taking up employment as teachers.

    And that is a commitment I intend to fulfil.

    Recent weeks have seen some discussions around a draft bill which has been published by Senator Averil Power.

    I have had conversations with Senator Power, and with Senators Ivana Bacik and Katherine Zappone, and we are determined to achieve progress on this matter in the near future.

    In order to move quickly to stamp out such discrimination, I am also in contact with Minister Alan Shatter and the Attorney General, and we will publish proposals in the coming weeks.

    This work to remove discrimination will also be underpinned by the Forum on bullying which will take place on May 17th, and which will be supported by a working group on bullying which will initially focus on tackling homophobic bullying.
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    Great news - maybe those teachers who were sacked last year will be reinstated too
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    From his speech to the ASTI..
    Thanks Dave - I had been looking for the link.
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    About time.
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    What's the big deal? Teachers aren't sacked anyway
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    A ridiculous intrusion into religion by the state
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyisBack View Post
    A ridiculous intrusion into religion by the state
    The State pays the wages.
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    It was ridiculous that schools were allowed to intrude into teachers private lives in the first place. They're state funded after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyisBack View Post
    A ridiculous intrusion into religion by the state
    You do know that the teachers are paid by the state, don't you?

    What you are saying is that church should be able to have its teachers paid for by all taxpayers, but it wants the right to dismiss some teachers whose taxes are paying for the teachers and the school over something that the teacher does entirely in their private life outside school hours!!!

    If the church was paying every penny of the school and every penny of the salary of teachers you might have some point. But they don't, so you don't.
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