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(...)