I've been having a conversation with an old friend of mine this evening. She's been through the secondary school system through Irish and is working parttime (and often voluntarily) in helping adult students to learn Irish.
Her credentials, in short, are irrewhatdoyamacallitable.
She has been relating that some people of her acquaintance (not me) have been trying to get their children into school with a number of different gaelscoilleanna in the Dubbelin area.
She tells me the response is that there are two criteria for entering Gaelscoileanna where there is a shortage of places:
1) If the child already has a sibling in the school.
2) If the child is in a family where Irish is spoken at home.
Now criterion (1) seems fine. I'm a little unsure about criterion (2) (if indeed it applies).
I have a total of three questions on this subject:
A) Are these indeed the criteria used by the gaelscoileanna for admittance into a one of their schools when there is a shortage?
and, if so:
B) Is Criterion 2 compatible with their purpose of promoting use of the Irish language in all sections of Irish society?
C) Is Criterion 2 compatible with the applicable law on discrimination against particular ethnic groups?
The answer to (A) may be no, in which case this thread is likely to have a very short life expectancy, and if it is yes, the (B) might have some very defensible answers.
What are posters' thoughts on Question (C)?