Church’s power in education system highlighted once again

The Department of Education intends to scrap provisions that allows the Catholic church to bypass employment laws The Department of Education intends to scrap provisions that allow the Catholic church to bypass employment laws and appoint nuns and priests of their choosing to State jobs in schools in Ireland. This is an extraordinary derogation. It is highly unlikely that any other group in Irish society has been granted such power to bypass employment and equality legislation when it comes to making important appointments. But the fact that these appointments are for public sector jobs, with…

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Drug-resistant bacteria tricked into dropping their shields become vulnerable once again

Bait-and-switch might just be the oldest trick in the book, but maybe it’s time to start kickin’ it old school. At least a little bit. In search of another way to manage the endless slog against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, scientists just figured out how to bait bacteria into developing an Achilles’ heel. Not all drug resistance works the same: It depends on the type of antibiotic the bacteria have evolved to resist. Some antibiotics do their work by impeding bacterial cell division. Others, like the -cillins, disrupt cell walls. Drugs like…

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