Aontú leader and Meath West TD, Peadar Tóibín has asked the Minister for Health and the Minister for Education as to who is responsible for including a book titled “This Book is Gay” on the HSE developed “Relationships and Sexuality Education 1” reading list for children as young as 12 years old. The book which provides detailed advice on anal sex, oral sex, sexual positions, sexting and using “sex apps” for casual sex was included as a reading material for 12-15 year olds on the Junior Cycle. An Teachta Tóibín stated:

“We hear today that after considerable campaigning by parents that the book is to withdrawn from the Junior Cycle Reading list. This is a victory for parents and children.  But he question is how a book detailing explicit adult sexual material made it onto a children’s reading list in the first place. How after it was brought to the Department’s attention was it allowed to stay on that list for so long”.

Peadar Toibín

“Its incomprehensible that any adult in the charge of the welfare of children would make this book available to children. That’s the state would do it is incredible. The sexualization of young children is absolutely wrong. This not an isolated incident. The government seem to be involved in a culture war in education against the will of parents at the moment. The government need to stop and listen to parents. Parents are by far the best judge of whats appropriate for their children. The Tánaiste recently condemned Home Schooling at a time when government policy is driving more and more parents into Home Schooling”.

“There must be accountability. Who made these decisions, why and what will be the consequences? Parents needs to restore parental confidence in the education system”.