One parent was asked questions about what religion the family was and asked for a baptism certificate if there was one. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty

Catholic primary schools are still requesting details of children’s baptism records despite new laws that prohibit the use of religion in their enrolm(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton     has commenced key provisions of the School Admissions Act which removes religion as a ground for priority entry into most schools for the coming academic year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The immediate lifting of the “Baptism barrier” will cause chaos in primary school admissions, the country’s biggest teachers’ union has warned. On We(...)

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 (...)

At an extraordinary general meeting of the St Patrick’s National School  parent-teacher association on Wednesday night, parents held a series of confidence votes relating to the controversy. Photograph: iStock

Parents at a Church of Ireland primary school at the centre of a row over its admissions policy have overwhelmingly backed a no confidence vote in its(...)