A new Educate Together school had been due to open in September  in this derelict premises in Castlebar, which was surrendered by the Catholic Church under the ‘divestment of patronage’ process.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Thousands of pupils are starting school around the country this (Thursday) morning but one building that remains firmly closed is a planned new Educat(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the opening of St James Catholic primary school in Basin Lane, Dublin, in April 2014, whose creation – out of two merging Catholic schools – allowed Educate Together move into a former Christian Brothers school next door.   Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Tensions have emerged at the only school to be divested from Catholic patronage to a non-religious patron over strict conditions which have been pl(...)

‘The recognition in the Constitution of the primacy of parents in the education of their children has led to a generalised notion parental choice should dictate the patronage of schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The concerns raised by Paul Rowe of Educate Together (Opinion July 15th) regarding the lack of school places are real. Unnecessary stress is caused(...)

Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe

Educate Together is taking legal advice on admissions regulations from the Department of Education which “could be discriminatory”. It says hun(...)

Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe said  “the fact that an increasing number of Irish parents consider that it is necessary to get their children baptised in the Catholic faith in order to access publicly funded schools, rather than out of personal religious conviction, is a shocking alarm note for a modern democratic state.”

Multi-denominational school patron Educate Together has criticised the Government’s failure to stop State-funded religious schools from giving prefere(...)

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 (...)