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A tale of two traumas
Brendan Geary

Celtic Tiger and the influence of the Irish Catholic Church had found a similar role in Irish people’s psyches, and that, when these assumptions were experienced as false, the response was similar to people experiencing trauma. The economy John Horgan, in the final paragraph of his biography of Mary Robinson, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, wrote: Ireland is no longer the picturesque backwater beloved of Hollywood, or the supplicant with a begging bowl at the door of its richer European neighbours. It is a country where economic growth is increasing at an

in From prosperity to austerity
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Karin Fischer

and the dominant political ideology in the Republic of Ireland have contributed to perpetuating most of the existing system and its inherent inequalities. An increasing number of Irish educationalists and commentators for their part have voiced the need for change and insisted on the ‘urgency to question the taken-for-granted structures of the education system’, spurred on more recently by the successive scandals that have brought discredit to the Irish Catholic Church since the revelations of the Ryan and Murphy reports in 2009.4 In successive opinion polls, the

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

The influx of people of diverse origins, cultures and religions further increased the proportion of the population not identifying itself with Catholicism or even with Christianity. A number of migrants did join the ranks of the main Irish Churches, however, starting with the strong Polish Catholic minority. The 150,000 or so Polish immigrants of the 2000s were welcomed with open arms by the Irish Catholic Church. The main religious newspaper, The Irish Catholic, started including a page in Polish in July 2006, and the Catholic Ireland News website announced that

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

seemed to waive the very principle and goal of non-discrimination to start with. Over the past decade (as we saw in Chapter 4), the Irish Catholic Church has constantly reaffirmed the principle that a Catholic ethos should permeate all aspects of school life. In a memorandum addressed to Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe in September 2008, representatives of church interests in the field of education in Ireland (the Bishops’ Education Commission, the Catholic School Managers’ Association and the CORI) took up this idea once again: Catholic schools are communities

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

Oldcastle, County Meath, attacked the book as ‘rather the drivel of a charlatan than a university-trained thinker’ in the nationalist newspaper, Freeman's Journal . He called Plunkett's work ‘mean and insidious’ and set a template for further attacks from Catholic hierarchy and clergy. 25 Barry's broadside precipitated Cardinal Logue's Pastoral in which the leader of the Irish Catholic Church condemned the book ‘though he admits he has not read it’. 26 Several months later, the rector of the Irish College in Rome, Monsignor Michael O’Riordan, responded to the

in Civilising rural Ireland