Humanist Association of Ireland’s  Dick Spicer: says the clear increase in demand for humanist services   is proof of the need to continually survey the educational needs of parents.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State has witnessed a 100 per cent increase in humanist ceremonies over the past 12 months, with some 1,000 events taking place this year.Most of (...)

In its latest report, the UN committee told Ireland to do more to provide non- denominational schools and Atheist Ireland said it was “self- serving for Educate Together, at the expense of possible non-denominational schools” to use this recommendation to “to plead for Government funding”.

Patron de jour Educate Together has been under attack from an unlikely quarter these days. Atheist Ireland has accused the organisation of misl(...)

Paul Rowe of Educate Together: says there  have been unexpected hold-ups due to “real estate” problems, including that many schools earmarked for transfer were owned by religious trusts or foundations

Plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are being hindered by unexpected legal complications, including an absence (...)

Educate Together: 5th-class students taking part in the philosophy, ‘thinking time’ session at Balbriggan Educate Together NS, Balbriggan. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a Thursday evening in a Galway hotel and a small group of parents (two fathers, five mothers) are discussing how the temporary accommodati(...)

The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin speaking to children before he celebrated Mass in St James primary school in Basin Lane, Dublin, one of the first Catholic schools to amalgamate to allow for more plurality in education in the local area. Photograph: John McElroy.

Pluralism in education “should not produce negative rivalry or antagonism or give rise to elitism or social division”, the Catholic Archbishop (...)

The ASTI annual convention at Whites Hotel, Wexford.

WinnersIrish schoolchildren: Ireland is Europe’s best-educated country, according to a study released by the EU statistical agency Eurostat in April. (...)

The reality of choice: the lack of availability of Educate Together schools is presenting problems for an increasing number of families.

One thing to change? It must be the way the education system thinks of children and their needs and rights. We need to ask ourselves if the system (...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn expects Catholic Bishops to cooperate in identifying suitable primary schools for the transfer of patronage.
Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

There is a “measurable small demand” for change in school patronage in certain areas and parents should have a choice, chairman of the Council (...)

Of 38 survey areas selected according to demographic criteria, 23  demonstrated demand for “immediate change in the existing school patronage”, the Department of Education said. Photograph: AbsolutVision

Catholic bishops in 23 areas across the State have six months to provide detailed proposals on how they plan on divesting primary schools of th(...)