Updated 0407 GMT (1207 HKT) August 25, 2018 Leixlip, Ireland (CNN)Fiona and her husband aren't religious. They don't go to Mass, take communion or recite the Holy Rosary. But twice in recent years, the couple have driven halfway across Ireland to baptize their children at their families' community parishes. The reason? Their children's education. The sacrament -- and the certificate that comes with it -- has long held the key for parents hoping to secure a place for a child's first day at school in Ireland, where approximately 90% of primary schools have a Catholic ethos. Although those schools are state-funded, their Catholic Church patrons set the admission guidelines, giving Catholic children priority enrollment over non-Catholics in a crowded system. Read More This school year, that's all set to change. In July, the Irish parliament passed a bill outlawing the "baptism barrier," making it illegal to prioritize baptized children in the admissions process at Catholic … [Read more...] about They baptized their children for school places. Now regret is setting in.
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A long-running row over a controversial proposed housing development has taken a new twist - after the public was asked to come up with a name for the access road. But as opponents and campaigners expressed their disappointment, saying it sent out a message that the scheme was “a done deal”, Kirklees Council backed down. It said the process of consulting on road names was standard practice and was not an indicator as to whether planning permission would be granted. However it has now been stopped. Newcastle-based Bellway Homes wants to build 61 houses on Balderstone Hall Fields in Mirfield with access through Woodward Court, a cul-de-sac adjacent to Crossley Fields Junior and Infant School. But in a battle that has lasted two decades campaigners with action group Save Mirfield have succeeded in winning a public inquiry to stop development and have forced Bellway to reduce its planned number of homes . And, earlier this month, a team with West Yorkshire Archaeology … [Read more...] about Public asked to come up with name for road
I’m afraid there is no money left: that’s the note that Liam Byrne famously left for his successor as chief secretary to the Treasury, a job that Philip Hammond had expected to receive in a Conservative government. Instead, there was a coalition and the note went to David Laws, with devastating consequences. But the Royal Mail always delivers eventually and Hammond finally seems to have got the memo: there is no money left is the message he gave to Conservative cabinet ministers yesterday. “There's no more money, Hammond tells Cabinet” is the Times’ does-what-it-says-on-the-tin splash. Hammond told ministers that while the spending taps might be coming on for health, there would be no such largesse on the way for schools, defence or the police, to name just three areas that are feeling the strain of close to a decade of spending cuts. The NHS is a special case for a variety of reasons: it occupies a special place in the … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight After shock NHS boost, there’s officially no money left for schools, defence or the police
As the excitement about its arrival nears physically dangerous levels of intensity, time for a reader’s competition. What should the new “third party” be called? If you can think up a cool name for an approaching centrist entity poised to redeem British politics from the decline into partisanship, you’re way ahead of the masterminds behind it. Whoever they might be. At this embryonic stage, mystery shrouds almost every aspect of the venture. All we know from a Sunday newspaper exclusive, is that a) a businessman called Simon Franks, who made his fortune renting out DVDs, has raised £50m to launch it; b) the company he set up in this cause is catchily titled Project One Movement for the UK; c) Corbynphobic Labour types and a few Brexit-disgruntled Tories may be involved; and d) the machinations have been going on for a year. For now, all else is as opaque as Franks, who despite his commercial success and massive political significance has somehow evaded a … [Read more...] about I have a suggested name for the new centrist party – The Entitlement Party In Democracy (TEPID)
ARTS students at Gillotts School in Henley showcased their talents at a variety show. The Gillotts Spectacular featured more than 160 pupils who gave music, drama and dance performances on two nights in the school hall, which was packed with families. There was also an art exhibition. Year 10 students performed A Linha Curva, which incorporated samba, capoeira and contemporary dance to give the piece a Brazilian carnival feel. The year 8 dance group performed a piece based on Revolting Children from Matilda the Musical and key stage three boys performed a street dance routine to Bruno Mars. The year 7 dance group created their own version of Hard Knock Life from Annie, the year nine girls performed a dance routine to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal and there was an elite dance performance to Electricity from Billy Elliot. The Gillotts Voices choir sang Tuppence a Bag from Mary Poppins and the school’s chamber group performed … [Read more...] about Students sing, dance and act for school ‘Spectacular’