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13 October 2006

Wearing the Veil

In Britain Jack Straw got himself into hot water this week when he said he felt uncomfortable conversing with Muslim women whose faces were covered in a veil. He said it was a visible statement of separation and difference. The veil is becoming more and more common here in Ireland - so how do you feel if you come across a woman wearing a veil that obscures everything but the eyes? Are you comfortable with it, do you feel intimidated, do you feel excluded or should you care?

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