Getting over the ‘Baptism barrier’ myth

Catholic schools must be allowed to admit on the basis of religion, writes David Quinn From time to time, articles appear in newspapers using the extremely loaded term ‘Baptism barrier’. It refers to a policy, now outlawed, which allowed Catholic schools to admit Catholic children ahead of other children in the event of over-enrolment. All…

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Let’s keep politics (more or less) out of sport

Politics should not be allowed to invade every sphere, writes David Quinn Perhaps we should be thankful that Ireland did not qualify for the World Cup after all, because if we had, our presence there would have surely unleashed an orgy of hypocritical moralising, virtue-signalling and hand-wringing by all the Irish ‘great and the good’…

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Why anti-Catholicism seems to be on the rise

The polarising effect of social media has heightened anti-Catholic sentiment, writes David Quinn Is anti-Catholicism a thing, and does it exist in Ireland? The answer to both questions is an emphatic yes. Just as it is possible to be anti-communist or anti-EU or anti-American, it is also possible to be anti-Catholic. How do you know…

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