‘Baptism barrier’ to be removed from primary schools next year

Bruton to initiate law which will remove religion as entry criterion for 90% of schools

The order, to be signed by the Minister, will remove the existing provision permitting schools to use religion as a selection criteria in school admissions in most cases. Photograph: Getty

The order, to be signed by the Minister, will remove the existing provision permitting schools to use religion as a selection criteria in school admissions in most cases. Photograph: Getty

The “baptism barrier” for entry to all Catholic primary schools is to be removed for the coming academic year.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is set to commence key provisions of the School Admissions Act on Wednesday which will prevent most schools from giving enrolment priority to baptised children for the 2019/2020 school year.

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