Bill to protect LGBT teachers passed

Thursday 03 December 2015

The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013, which prohibits religious run schools from discriminating against LGBT teachers on the grounds of their sexuality, has been passed by Dáil Éireann.

The ASTI has welcomed the passing of the legislation which amends Section 37(1) of the Equality Act. Commenting on the passing of the Amendment Diarmaid de Paor Deputy General Secretary and Equality Officer of the ASTI, said “Section 37 represents an affront not only to teachers, but to all workers, and indeed all citizens. It promotes secrecy and fear rather than a culture openness and inclusivity which is vital for the health of school communities. When enacted this amendment will mean that schools will no longer have the right to discriminate against LGBT teachers on the grounds of maintaining their religious ethos.”

The ASTI has been campaigning against Section 37 for a number of years. Campaign activities have included lobbying Oireachtas members and highlighting the issue in the media.