Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘On foot of local concerns in relation to waiting lists for primary schools, my department reviewed the level of primary provision in Ashbourne.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new primary school is to be established in Ashbourne, Co Meath, next September to help cope with an acute shortage of places in the area. Many pare(...)

Community national schools are practising a variety of approaches when it come to faith formation, ranging from sacramental preparing during the school day to facilitating the sacraments outside the normal school time. Photograph: iStock

Much has been reported on the new community national school model in the absence of any systematic research. These are State-supported, multidenomin(...)

A 2015 ESRI survey indicated that 23 per cent of parents want education through Irish for their children, but only a small minority are able to access it. Photo: iStock

In responding to the challenges of creating a truly diverse education system, a vital aspect must not be forgotten or downplayed: that of Irish-medium(...)

Richard Bruton: as part of his new initiative Education and Training Boards will be involved in measuring demand for multidenominational education

A State education provider has rejected claims that it is involved in any “cosy” deal with the Catholic Church over plans to transfer patronage away (...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s initiative aims to increase the number of multidenominational schools and will involve the State leasing properties from Catholic bishops or trusts linked to the church. Photograph: Alan Betson

Educate Together, the main provider of multidenominational education, says new plans to transfer patronage away from hundreds of religious schools are(...)

Nartional school children having a game of football and wearing their communion dresses. “ It is essential that parents who want their children to receive a non-religious education have this constitutional right respected.” Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has highlighted the potential of community national schools as a way of reducing church patronage in primary edu(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: Government is planning to increase the number of multi-denominational schools to 400 within the next 15 years Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is drawing up plans to encourage the Catholic Church to transfer the patronage of hundreds of primary schools to(...)

Teacher Amy Looney with 2nd class pupils,  (from left): Amelia Ziembra (7), Kamile Kisieliute (7), Haliyat Giwa (7), Dylan Keogh (7), Julien Bell Baho (8) and Adam Al Jabar (8), at Citywest & Saggart Community National School, with a display titled ‘Our Beliefs’ Space’, featuring  symbols of all the major religions. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It is five years since former minister for education Ruairí Quinn set up the Forum for Patronage and Pluralism, aimed at ensuring our primary-school s(...)

Amy Looney with second-class pupils, from left: Amelia Ziembra (7), Kamile Kisieliute (7), Haliyat Giwa (7), Dylan Keogh (7), Julien Bell Baho (8), and Adam Al Jabar (8) at Citywest and Saggart Community National School. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was so much simpler in the old days. A crucifix above the blackboard was all a school needed to symbolise its religious ethos. But what do you do w(...)