Irish news media – 12th March

Rapid reading summary with web links

College to hold service in memory of body donors
Examiner –The “first patients” of medical, dental and science students will be remembered in a thanksgiving service for people who donate their bodies to University College Cork. Since 1849, UCC has received about 20 bodies each year from the Munster area.

Ireland rejects UN call to end schools discriminating on religious grounds
Irish Times – The Government has rejected recommendations from UN member states that it should eliminate religious discrimination in access to education.
In a report to be presented to the UN’s Human Rights Council next week, the State will say there is a growing non-denominational school sector in Ireland which caters for all pupils. “Religious groups are free to establish their own schools to cater for members of their particular faith. This religious freedom is a core element in our system at primary and secondary level,” the State’s report says.

Women urged to enter political life
Belfast Telegraph – Politics could be hit by a massive culture change in the next 10 years if more women take up seats, it has been claimed. Campaign group Women for Election, which aims to encourage women into politics, is on a mission to help carve out a more inclusive Government. Co-founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating said women approached politics differently to men, and produced different results.

Department under fire over old data in Northern Ireland schools audit
Belfast Telegraph – A controversial viability audit of Northern Ireland’s schools is falling apart at the seams just days after it was published, it has been claimed. Hundreds of schools were publicly ‘red-flagged’ by the department this week for missing a series of targets. But it has now emerged that some of the findings were based on historic information. GCSE results from 2011 were not included in the controversial audit — a healthcheck of all schools announced by the Education Minister last September.

Church plea for the MeK
NCR-Iran.org – The Archbishop of Armagh and six bishops of the Church of England have endorsed a public letter printed in the Guardian last week calling for the government to forestall a tragedy in Iraqi, as the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki begins …