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# Your Say
Poll: Should religion be taught at home and not in schools?
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn indicated yesterday that families and parishes could take responsibility for religious education.

EDUCATION MINISTER RUAIRÍ Quinn has indicated that religious teaching should take place within homes and parishes, rather than being the responsibility of schools.

He made the comment at the annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network yesterday.

The Daily Mail reports that Quinn spoke of other countries where “faith information” takes place within the parish, “and parents and families and parishes take responsibility for that and teachers are left with the professional business of educating children in the classroom”.

While teachers’ union head Brendan McCabe is said to have welcomed the comments on the issue, the paper says Fr Kevin Doran has warned “that any such move would suggest that religious education is irrelevant”.

We want to hear from you: Should religion be taught at home and not in schools?

Poll Results:

No (2600)
Yes (2013)
Both have a role in teaching religion (970)

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