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The economics misses the incredible transformation in Irish society, as usual.

During the period of EU membership IE has moved from being a homogenously white-Irish society dominated by a regressive form of Catholicism where both homosexuality and contraception was illegal to a much more cosmopolitan society that's in the process of rooting out the institutional vestiges of Church control.

Even the most chicken-shit of politicians have decided that the constitutional bar on legalising abortion is going to fall and are trying to get in front of it to claim victory, the education and health system is going to be removed from Church control, bit by bit.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 12:25:39 PM EST
Control of the education system is going to be ground zero for the Catholic Church's last stand against "secularising" and "liberalising" tendencies. That battle is still a very long way from being won, if for no other reason than that there is a lot of property and money involved...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 05:56:26 PM EST
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That war is lost, they just don't know it yet.

They don't even have enough priests for school boards.

It'll take another decade or two, but they'll  be gone.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 06:29:17 PM EST
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There's plenty of wannabe uber-Catholics who will do the Church's bidding and even scare some priests with their puritanical zeal.  Allied to this is a lot of parents who don't practice religion themselves but like the idea of their kids being "socialised"=scared into being "good" kids. In the UK atheistic parents even attend Church so they can get their kids into "good" church schools...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 06:35:08 PM EST
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My brother and sister-in-law did that. Pretty tacky, but that's why they got the big bucks and I didn't.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 07:04:26 PM EST
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Come the day! When it comes please send missionaries to the Irish diaspora in the USA to help them perform a similar task. Were it not for church schools the private school sector would be vastly smaller, and the Catholic schools have twice the number of the next largest group - conservative protestant schools. Nonsectarian private schools are between the catholic and protestant schools in number of enrolments.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 31st, 2018 at 06:14:10 AM EST
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Quite.
"You don't change an economy simply by changing institutions; attitudes must change first and once that happens institutions will follow."

Fortunately, the Irish Times has a "tool" to correlate prevailing attitudes and political conviction thought to form institutions of civil society.
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 07:00:38 PM EST
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