A British newspaper has reported on plans for a new Irish “tri-demoninational school” which has a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Ireland as one of the main sponsors. According to the report:
One of the founders and the chairperson of the tri-religious Intercultural Interdenominational Primary School based in Co Kildare, Mary Shine Thompson, said: ‘Instead of having one patron, the school will have tripartite patronage. The children of three religious denominations will be taught their own faiths, as is allowed for within the regulations of Irish state primary schools, but they will also learn about each others’ faiths. The faiths therefore will form part of the ethos of the school.’By contrast, in Ireland’s non-denominational schools religion is taught outside the main school programme at the discretion of parents. Thompson emphasised that the proposed school will not restrict entry to only children of Muslim, Jewish or Christian families. Children of other faiths and none will be made welcome, she said. The Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr James Moriarty, Rabbi Charles Middleburgh of the Dublin Progressive Jewish congregation and Imam Hussein Halawa, from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, are the main supporters and sponsors of the project.
The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland is the host for the European Council for Fatwa and Research, the theological body headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. The Executive Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland, Dr. Noah Al-Kaddo, is also an officer of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the European umbrella organization for the Muslim Brotherhood and the parent organization of the ECFR.