Government denied requests for separate schools based on religion

It emerged today that the Government has turned down requests for separate schools and curricula for children of certain faiths.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told the Dáil that representatives of some religions, as well as politicians in other countries had asked him personally to accede to the requests.

The Taoiseach said it would be inappropriate to segregate children depending on their faith, and that it would not be in the spirit of integration.

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