A pretty astonishing story in the Irish Times today. Eddie Shaw, a former spokesman for Cardinal Desmond Connell and currently Head of PR at Carr Communications, in his capacity as the chairman of the board of management at Harold School in Glasthule was responsible for distribution of leaflets to children at the Harold School in Glasthule promoting the Vigil for Life rally in Dublin on June 8th.
This has met with a severe backlash from parents who have called for him to resign.
One parent of a five-year-old was asked by the child what an abortion was and felt deeply annoyed to have been put in that position.If ever there was a compelling example of why religious influence over our schools should be ended forthwith then this is it. This was a cynical and unacceptable exploitation of children for the furtherance of a political campaign. Imagine the outrage we would be experiencing had it been pro-choice information which had been distributed?Parent Mark O’Driscoll said Mr Shaw told the meeting “he should have put the leaflets in an envelope, which is to miss the point entirely”. He felt Mr Shaw’s apology was “inadequate”.
This guy should be removed from his position immediately.