Public meeting on separating church and State

A public meeting over the appropriateness of the Roman Catholic Church’s continuing involvement in the running of schools and hospitals in the State, takes place in Galway this evening.

The meeting, entitled ‘Separate Church & State’, will be held in Áras na nGael, Dominick Street, at 7.30pm. The speakers are Jamie Canavan of Galway Pro-Choice and an Irish Research Council PhD candidate researching child welfare history in Ireland; and Kieran Allen, senior sociology lecturer at UCD and author of 1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition.

The meeting is organised by People Before Profit. The party’s Galway West general election candidate Joe Loughnane said: “The Pope’s visit to this country has done nothing to redress the decades of pain, abuse and suffering that people experienced. People Before Profit stand for a secular state and a secular health and education system. The time for sloganeering is over. The one way to ensure future generations never have to experience such levels of abuse again is by removing schools and hospitals from the control of the Church.”

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