The best schools in Ireland are historically Catholic, and their Constitution supports "choice" by also funding Protestant schools. At the rate Irish Catholics are abandoning their roots, I don't think Protestants need to worry if they send their kids to a Catholic school. Obama needs to stay out of local affairs, whether it is his buddy and the Boston police, or schools in Ireland, or squabbles between a Muslim dictator and Muslim al-qaeda rebels.
If Obama thinks it is divisive for Catholics and Protestants to have separate schools, does he also think private schools like where his daughters and the children of other politicians attend because of their parents' wealth are divisive?
“If towns remain divided,” said the U.S. President, “if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.”
Obama, who arrived in Northern Ireland this morning to attend the two-day G-8 Summit at the Lough Erne resort in Enneskillen, made the disproved claim on Monday, speaking before an audience which included many Catholics. -
In the Irish constitution, “State aid for schools cannot discriminate between schools of different religious denominations. Every child has the right to attend a denominational school receiving State funding without having to participate in religious instruction in the school.”