Letter reveals that bishops are not happy with the amount of time allocated for faith formation in the curriculum for teaching religion used by community national schools. Photograph: Istock

Catholic bishops told State-run primary schools last year they were not satisfied that children were being adequately prepared for Confirmation and Co(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to bring an Amendment to school admissions legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is bracing itself for potential legal challenges for plans to remove the “baptism barrier” in school entry which are due to be publishe(...)

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says  proposals will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a “living faith environment”.

Should taxpayer-funded schools be permitted to give priority in their admission policies to children of their own religion ahead of other children who(...)

Catholic school managers say it is “over-prescriptive” to have to set out details of arrangements for students who do not wish to attend religious instruction.

Campaigners are calling for children who “opt out” of religious instruction classes to have their rights properly respected. The issue has emerged as(...)

Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon says the issue of children of no faith, or a different faith, being ‘exposed to religious influence’ in Catholic state-funded schools must still be addressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Serious legal questions remain unanswered regarding the Government’s proposal to end the “Baptism barrier” for Catholic school admissions, Fianna Fáil(...)

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion in schools. However, many say it is often close to impossible to do so. Photograph: iStock

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion classes in schools. The Catholic church, which controls about 90 per cent o(...)

Phil Dunne (left) and Brendan Butler from We Are Church Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I denied myself three times. I stood at the altar, denounced their image of Satan and promised to raise my godchildren in the Catholic faith. These w(...)

Ireland is saddled with a 19th-century-schools system which is out of keeping with the needs of a 21st-century society. Almost everyone – including t(...)

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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