It’s time to give faith teaching back to families and the Church

GETTING the boot into the Catholic Church is always a good start for any Labour minister. Complaining that the Catholic hierarchy had not provided him with examples of how inclusiveness can work in Catholic schools two years after he had asked them to worked well for Ruairi Quinn before the teachers’ conferences got down to what mattered: restoring pay rates.

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IRISH EXAMINER VIEW

Climate change bill: Targets need spelling out

The Government has been criticised for some time for not setting specific targets to meet the problems of climate change.

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Water metering: Clarity is required on ‘stealth tax’

There is a vacuum in the public perception of the issues surrounding water charges. People are confused because they have not been getting straight talk from the Government, and the various opposition parties have been exploiting the resulting confusion. That was inevitably going to happen in the run-up to elections.

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Religious education - Church must allow pupils to opt out

With Ireland beset by economic hardship and the ethos of society undergoing enormous change, few topics are more calculated to concentrate the popular mind than the vexed issues of pay and religion.

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Football failure - Sacking now part of game

If ever there was a reminder that Premier League football is a cut-throat, multibillion-dollar business, it was painfully obvious yesterday when the axe finally fell on David Moyes after less than a year as manager of Manchester United.

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