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The Catholic church is losing control of Ireland's schools – Telegraph Blogs

The Catholic church is losing control of Ireland's schools – Telegraph Blogs | Research Project | Scoop.it
Strange things are afoot in Ireland. It has been announced that from 2014, all children in the rapidly expanding multi-denominational school sector will be taught atheism in a course based on books like Richard Dawkins' The Magic of Reality.
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Starting in 2014 children will begin to be taught and atheism curriculum and this will be the first ever atheist cirruclum taught in Ireland. The number of students that will make this transition is realitely small reaching only 16,000 students and the 93% of Irelands remaing primary schools will still be run by the catholic church. Atheism courses however will be made available online, through smartphone apps and is advertised to all parents of primary school aged children. 

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Starting in 2014 children will begin to be taught and atheism curriculum and this will be the first ever atheist cirruclum taught in Ireland. The number of students that will make this transition is realitely small reaching only 16,000 students and the 93% of Irelands remaing primary schools will still be run by the catholic church. Atheism courses however will be made available online, through smartphone apps and is advertised to all parents of primary school aged children. 

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We teach Irish children about gods as well as atheism - The Guardian

We teach Irish children about gods as well as atheism - The Guardian | Research Project | Scoop.it
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We teach Irish children about gods as well as atheism
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Educate Together schools in Ireland teach atheism as well as Catholicism and other main belief systems.
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Ireland schools will be teaching both atheism and Catholicism thogether to the students they will not be teaching that there is no god. 

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Atheist Ireland: Oxymoron, or growing movement?

Atheist Ireland: Oxymoron, or growing movement? | Research Project | Scoop.it
In a country where the Catholic Church and the state are joined at the hip, Ireland would seem barren ground for an atheist movement. But Atheist Ireland is building momentum.
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Atheist Ireland is gaining momentum with the first steps to add it to the religious studies is being taken. The fact that no one is being excommunicated over it is proof of how the country is changing. Atheism Ireland founder Michael Nugent says that people should not surpised by the increased tolerance of non-believers. Because the state does not set curriculum it is not directly involved in education, instead the governement assigns 'patrons' (local bishops) to run school districts. More than 90% of schools are catholic. Atheism will be taught as a belief in religous class   

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