Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Schools are unlikely to be required to cut short their holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to Storm Ophelia, according to(...)

School classrooms remained empty for a second day on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Education has defended its decision to close all schools for a second day in the face of criticism from some parents. Minister for (...)

Aedín Andrews (20), a zoology student at Trinity College Dublin. ‘Education isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. We have got to start making it more affordable and accessible.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The election manifesto pledge is crystal clear: free school books for all children and a primary school system free of any charge or contribution. So(...)

 The move to end religious discrimination in admissions to Catholic schools is a belated recognition that our education system needs to catch up with the reality of modern life. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s pledge to remove the “Baptism barrier” from access to Catholic schools is a sign that the firm grip of religio(...)

When it comes to pupils not accessing schools, the real issue is not religion but a lack of resources, says Catholic Primary Schools Management Association general secretary Seamus Mulconry. Photograph: iStock

Earlier this year Minister for Education Richard Bruton launched an extensive consultation on the role of religion in school admissions. He did so in(...)

The survey found that 48 per cent of parents said location was their main factor in deciding on a school, compared with 12 per cent who said the school’s ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

A large majority of parents feel the law should be changed so that baptism can no longer be a requirement for school admission in State funded schools(...)

Baptism barrier: just 1.2 per cent of children who enrolled at schools in Greater Dublin had been refused admission for a reason relating to baptism certificates. Photograph: E+/Getty

What did we learn this week? That just 1.2 per cent of children who enrolled at schools in Greater Dublin had been refused admission because of the so(...)

Of the 384 schools who responded to the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association survey, “only 17 schools refused enrolment for a reason relating to Baptism certificates”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just 4.4 per cent of Catholic schools surveyed in the greater Dublin area have refused children admission over an absence of baptismal certificates, (...)

A few schools may change a little with an easing of the Baptism barrier but the churches’ grip our children’s minds remains firm. Photograph: Getty Images

A wise man once told me that the Catholic Church would rather concede abortion on demand in Ireland than lose control of our schools. I thought of hi(...)

‘Some Catholic bodies have queried the extent of the issues surrounding the Baptism barrier, but said they were open to ideas to ensure local children have access to schools.’

Where was the Catholic Church backlash against proposals to remove the “Baptism barrier” from the education system? Members of the clergy have resist(...)

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