I say that exclusively as a taxpayer. Hopefully the remaining funding will go to people who actually need it.
Only seeing the thread for the first time now. Good to see the payments have been reduced but I still think it's a bit much considering many of these children will more than likely be receiving cards on their ''big day'' stuffed with cash.
Yes, an traditionally, that money was to go towards the dresses, suits etc,
Do people of other religions qualify for these grants too?
The icing on the cake is that Mary Lou is disgusted with it
i wouldn't have expected that. sinn fein is a declared secular party, isn't it?
Mary Lou is a declared "I oppose every decision made by everyone" whinger though
Well, I saw her shopping for communion outfits in Debenhams about three weeks ago...no joke.
I understand that Mary Lou McDonald too a swipe at Eamon Gilmore's non-belief.... anyone know what she said?
What a sensible idea! The Church could make a rule tomorrow that only a SIMPLE robe worn over clothes would be acceptable for First Holy Communion. This could be provided by the schools to be used year after year. All the children would look the same and could concentrate on the ceremony rather than their appearance. How could that be wrong?
Apparently she said something on the lines of- whatever your religious views are, these children deserved to be dressed appropriately...
Now if we were talking about muslim children or a religious fate where children are required to wear diamonds as part of a ceremony; would she feel as strong about it?!?!
It's awful. It is common now with confirmations and as time passes the children are discarding the roles as soon as they are confirmed and the fashion show begins.
It doesn't actually stop anything as the glamour is worn underneath.
Uniforms, you know the child spends enough time in the uniform already. The children are very unhappy for their conformation, and especially when three or more small parishes combine in one church and some are dressed to the nines and others in their school uniform.
Another side of the uniform is it is almost always brand new too ~ so the expense continues, some children disobey the uniform as they can't afford to buy a new one if there are no more sibling to pass it down to.
For a girl especially, the dressing up is a major part, girls love the white dress and mums just adore their boys in jackets and long trousers. It's a special day and while people may need assistance, the extra SW payments should be stopped.
One of my own children was dressed by the school and another IR£70 jacket  was purchased by a God Parent and that went on to dress three more boys in time.
That sounds like nonsense to me - there'd be no increase in demand in the same period, so I don't see why there would be a huge increase in supply.
I nearly fell off my chair today when I heard this!
when I was unemployed I volunteered in a charity shop in cork, they regularly got donations of communion dresses and other boys clothes (suits, trousers, waistcoats etc) that would have been suitable for the occasion. They we're all for sale for at least 1/3 of the going rate (well the dresses were anyway) and they hardly ever shifted.
However, just across the street is a well known shop that sells communion wear and people were practically queuing out the door!
Anyway, classing this as an "exceptional need" is beggars belief! An exceptional need is when you can't pay for medicine or put food on the table ffs. Now I know times are tough, and I spent enough time on the dole to know how hard it can be to make ends meet. I managed to go to 3 weddings last year while unemployed, and I did it by managing my money, yes I had cut back (even further) on spending, but I managed. There were 2 other weddings that year that I would have loved to go to, but the money wasn't there so I didn't go!