Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Denominational education is under growing pressure as Ireland changes.
Faith-based schools are increasingly being attacked as ‘sectarian’, or

The Iona Institute in conjunction with The Word magazine is holding
a half-day conference on Friday April 4, to examine these claims.
The conference will look at how these accusations have been answered
in England and Scotland. It will propose a positive argument in favour of
State-funding of denominational schools.

Venue: TARA TOWERS HOTEL, Dublin, D4 (near the Booterstown DART station)
Friday, April 4, 2008

9.30 Registration
9.45 Welcome and introductory remarks:
David Quinn, Director of the Iona Institute.
10.00 The situation of Catholic schools in Scotland:
Michael McGrath, Director, Scottish Catholic
Education Service.
10.50 Coffee break
11.10 Denominational schools and religious freedom:
John Murray, Mater Dei.
12.00 The Situation of Catholic Schools in England &
Wales: Oona Stannard, Director of the Catholic
Education Service England & Wales.
12.40 Questions and Closing Remarks: Fr Vincent
Twomey, SVD, Editor in Chief of The Word.
13.00 Conference ends

Please book your place call 01 6619204
or email info@ionainstitute.ie

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