Education and the equality of women and men were the themes of Mayor Johnny Flynn of Ennis when he addressed the audience at the screening of To Light a Candle, the documentary film just released by Canadian Iranian human rights activist, Maziar Bahari. In a powerful and emotional speech, Mr. Flynn pointed to his chain of office and said that he had worn the chain to the event out of respect for the Bahá’ís.
Meanwhile his colleague Pat Breen TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, expressed his support for the Bahá’í youth of Iran whose religious beliefs are used as a means of barring them from third level education. Expressing his delight at the number of youth attending the screening in Ennis, Mr. Breen also remarked on the ethnic diversity of the audience, all attracted there by their interest in human rights.
‘Bahá’í youth in Iran are denied access to third level education,” explained local Bahá’í Eoin Tynan O’Mahony, “and Maziar Bahari’s film highlights this injustice and illustrates how the Bahá’í community has refused to allow this education ban to prevent them from educating their youth.”
Welcoming the mayor’s remarks when he said that education is dear to the hearts of the people of Ennis since ancient times when 600 students attended at the Friary, Mr. Tynan O’Mahony said that we who live in the free world have an obligation to fight for the human rights of others.