Bigots, living hale and hearty and on the school boards.
I saw the headmaster on TV3 (whispered) defending this action yesterday and was amazed that in a society that prides itself on forward thinking and religious freedom that he had the neck to go on camera at all.
I wonder just what kind of person complained? I wonder would this kind of thing happen if the children had been from a different denomination? If they had been Muslim or Jewish? Or if they had been black? Or refugees? There would be outrage,(rightly so)and the head master would have been cringing on screen. But no, the two kids were white, middle class and Catholic, ergo, they can take care of themselves.
UPDATE: I have just received a phone call from a delighted and happy paramour. The bank surveyer type chappie who went and looked at the shack..er house has declared it SOUND???(did he not see the roof?) And the bank would be happy to marrange a mortgage for it????? ( did he not notice the 'bathroom'?)So lover boy is putting in his offer today. Confound it, zounds and eeek!
2nd Update: For folk like Docky who might not be registered to that piece of crap paper, the story was ....
"THE parents of two Catholic students forbidden to travel on the State-funded bus to their predominantly Protestant school because of their religion last night vowed to take their case before the Equality Authority.
Limerick business consultant Harry Gleeson and his wife Bernadette said they still can't believe the letter they received last week from their local Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) informing them their application for school bus passes for their two teenage children has been denied because they are not Protestant.
The couple's children, Edmond (17) who is entering his Leaving Cert year this autumn and his 15-year-old sister Margaret, who will be entering her Transition Year, have been attending Villiers School on the city's North Circular Road for several years.
The school - which is predominantly Protestant but has students of other faiths - is offering students a new free bus service to and from the school this autumn that will pass close to the Gleeson home.
But when Mr Gleeson (45) sent an application form for the free passes, he received a terse response from the VEC's Transport Liaison Officer, Deirdre Frawley, on Thursday informing him that they were ineligible for the bus passes on religious grounds.
The letter states: "Villiers School is a school under Protestant management and only children of Protestant denominations have an entitlement to transport on the The Special Adare Villiers School Bus Service."
Mr Gleeson said he rang the VEC out of disbelief after receiving the letter and was effectively told "that's just the way it is".
Despite contacting his local county councillor, Niall Collins (FF), who has attempted to intervene with the VEC on his behalf, Mr Gleeson said he still has not heard a work back from the VEC or received any reasonable explanation for the so-called policy.
He added: "To me it's stating quite clearly if you're Catholic, you're gone," told the Irish Independent last night.
"This is a multi-cultural and multi-denominational school and our kids are very happy there. These kids grow up in an culture where there is no distinction between religion and races and we're offended that someone on this committee is saying they are different. In this day and age this is crazy," he said."