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The place of religion
Karin Fischer

with new provisions in the Lisbon Treaty, the Irish government put in place a process of ‘structured dialogue’ between the State and ‘Churches, faith communities and philosophical and non-confessional organisations’.47 A delegation of the Irish Humanist Association (implicitly meant to represent the ‘community’ of people with ‘No Religion’) was invited 40 40 S chools and the politics of religion and diversity to participate. The Association was grateful for this opportunity to highlight issues of discrimination against non-religious people, but after the event

in Schools and the politics of religion and diversity in the Republic of Ireland
Karin Fischer

that had long been part of European legislation (Article 3 of the Lisbon Treaty did include ‘the protection of the rights of the child’ in the end).38 At the time, the Alliance was calling for a referendum to amend the Irish Constitution with an explicit recognition of children’s rights, in order to put an end to the constitutional subordination of the rights of children to those of their parents (a subordination whose problematic nature had been underlined notably by Catherine McGuinness, a future member of the Irish Supreme Court, in the course of an inquest on a

in Schools and the politics of religion and diversity in the Republic of Ireland