‘The church proclaims to invite people to join in Catholic worship but there is nothing “invitational” about the role of the Catholic Church in the primary sector.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The winds of change that former minister for education Ruairí Quinn heralded in school patronage four years ago have now evaporated. The Forum on Patr(...)

Hitting the road: the presence of nuns, priests and brothers in Irish schools has been diminishing for decades. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The presence of religious personnel in Irish schools has been diminishing for decades, falling from 3,700 at postprimary level in 1970 to just 30 i(...)

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson  of the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP). The CSP has just published new guidelines for religious teaching in Catholic schools. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catholic schools should “take care” not to exceed the 2½ hours reserved in the primary school timetable each week for religious teaching and sacrament(...)

Fr Michael Drumm of the Catholic Schools Partnership was asked whether issues surrounding LGBT rights might surface in a job interview

A teacher being asked “what about the homos?” during a job interview must go down as one of the most bizarre human resources episodes of recent tim(...)

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 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 (...)

When Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn took office two years ago he advocated the early establishment of multi-denominational and non-denomin(...)

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(...)