News & Media

Apology needed for Carlow students

24 November 2020

Statement by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD
Spokesperson on Education, Enterprise and Trade

Labour education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has called for an apology to the students in Presentation College Carlow saying

“The school management team at Presentation College Carlow should apologise to the students and parents after pupils were told that they should not wear clothing that would “distract male teachers".

“The students and parents are rightly disgusted by this missive from the school. No student should be shamed because their outfit might 'distract a teacher'. There must also be an acknowledgement of how completely undermining for male teachers the message given to students was.

“This kind of discourse is unacceptable in 2020. Girls are being objectified younger and younger and the last place we expect it from is from schools.

“Young girls should not be made feel ashamed for their clothing choices in their school communities.

“It is ridiculous that we are having to deal with a situation like this - the school should know better."