“There is a new reality that has to be addressed. One third of couples are getting married in non-religious ceremonies. It’s reasonable to ask what sort of schools they want for their children.” File photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

School patrons should be banned from seeking baptism certificates or other proof of a child’s religious affiliation in managing admissions, the Humani(...)

Salvina Praisetrichini (8) on cello, at the launch of Catholic Schools Week, at St Ultan’s primary school, Cherry Orchard. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church’s main spokesman on education has defended the right of its schools to question employees on whether they support the school’s re(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: wants clearer guidelines on how ‘standalone’ Catholic schools  intend to accommodate children of other faiths and none. Photograph: Eric Luke

School admissions policies run on a “Catholic first” basis may be in breach of both equality legislation and the Constitution, the State’s equality w(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: “I would like to see the divestment moving much quicker. However, it is a complex process that involves the agreement of a range of stakeholders and that takes time.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Creating more diversity and inclusiveness was the flagship enterprise of former minister for education Ruairí Quinn. He set up the Forum on Patronage (...)

Philip Irwin, president of ASTI; and Jeanne Barrett, chairwoman of CSPE teachers’ association

The civic-mindedness of secondary schools is being put to the test by the decision to reduce Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) into a sh(...)

Fr Michael Drumm said it was inappropriate to legislate for a problem which affected just a small number of schools, namely those which had waiting lists. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New legislation aimed at combatting discrimination in schools admissions policies is an unwelcome form of “micro-management”, the Catholic church’s le(...)

Executive chairman of the Catholic Schools Partnership  Fr Michael Drumm said there was a role for Catholic schools to be ‘relevant as a counter-cultural voice’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The educational office of the Catholic Bishops is encouraging its schools to be more assertive in upholding religious values to avoid becoming “secula(...)

Fr Michael Drumm has responded to a query from The Irish Times following reports yesterday that Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan had called for an end to “religious discrimination in schools”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast majority of schools in Ireland, including Catholic schools, are not oversubscribed, Fr Michael Drumm, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Counc(...)

 Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: Ireland and Israel spend considerably more time on religious instruction than any other OECD countries.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has questioned the amount of time devoted to religious instruction in primary schools and (...)

The report published yesterday by the Department of Education on school patronage is welcome. For the first time we have a careful measure of t(...)