Heads Up

The hijab non-controversy continues, this time given oxygen by the announcement that the minister for education does not intend to regulate the non-issue.

Beverly McKenzie, head of the Irish Hijab Campaign, formed to combat the well reported but rarely seenĀ  threat to scarves in Irish schools, appeared on Today FM’s Last Word with Matt Cooper this afternoon, giving her reaction.

Pressed by Cooper, Ms MacKenzie said that she would also support the wearing of burqas in Irish schools.

But what interested me was her claim that several schools in this country have already banned Islamic headgear.

Cooper did not ask for any details to back up this claim, so we didn’t get any names or dates.

So I did what I always do, I asked the google.

The Irish Hijab Campaign website contains a statement welcoming positive aspects of the minster’s statements, a few downloadable sound files in which women discuss the how they feel wearing a hijab, and several broken and ‘under construction’ links.

But despite clicking on every link I could find, I found no mention of Irish schools which have banned Islamic headgear.

Anyone out there want to tell me where the hijab is banned?

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.