According to Independent.ie, a group of Labour TDs and senators hope the planned new laws will prevent the dismissal of teachers or health staff whose life choices are seen as undermining the religious ethos of where they work.
"As a teacher and former principal this is an issue I feel passionate about. I worked with colleagues who could have lost their jobs simply for being gay or not being married," the Dublin North Central TD, Aodhan O Riordain, said.
"These people were my friends and some of the best teachers I ever knew."
This Employment Equality (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2013, supported by Labour TDs John Lyons, Ciara Conway, Dominic Hannigan, Aodháin Ó Riordáin, and Senator Ivana Bacik, was introduced in the Seanade on March 13th.
"I am delighted that at last we will see legislation that will effectively address the legacy of the Eileen Flynn case, and that will end the continuance of the legislative provision that enables discrimination against and even dismissal of teachers or health workers who are seen in some way as undermining the religious ethos of their institutions. I look forward to the acceptance of this Bill by Seanad Éireann next week," Senator Bacik said.
As reports Pila, a bill to change the Employment Equality Act had been introduced in May 2012 but was rejected by Minister Alan Shatter on grounds that a consultation was needed on the constitutional issues, with arguments that personal rights had to be balanced with the rights of religious groups to uphold their ethos.