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Expecting people to plump for a different model of school in the absence of any certainty shows a scary lack of insight by the Department of Education. Photograph: Christian Hartmann

The row about divestment of Catholic schools in the Portmarnock, Malahide and Kinsealy area is not about a battle between church and State, or resista(...)

Prof Áine Hyland, one of the founding parents of the   Dalkey School Project, with David Rankin (10), Dylan O’Broin (11), Emily Roarty (5), Sophie Roarty (8), Matt O’Broin (7) and Oliver Donohue (9) at Educate Together’s 40th anniversary event. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

When a pioneering group of parents went about trying to set up the State’s first multi-denominational school in the mid-1970s, they quickly realised t(...)

Enrolment figures  for the 2017/2018 academic year  show  total enrolments in mainstream primary schools stood at 555,241, up by just over 5,000 or 1% over the previous year

Multi-denominational schools are the fastest growing school patrons in the State, with pupil numbers growing 10 per cent in the last year alone. Howe(...)

Mustakeem Shah (9), Theodora McDonnell (9), Zoe Brennan (9) and Fergus Linehan (9): the Humanist Association of Ireland together  with Educate Together has launched humanism lesson plans for Educate Together schools.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Primary pupils in Educate Together schools are to receive lessons in humanism under a new initiative. Educate Together, a non-denominational patron b(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar with students from St Joseph’s secondary school in Stanhope Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Education Richard Bruton recently chose Francis Street CBS in Dublin’s inner city as the venue to launch a new literacy and numeracy sche(...)

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(...)

Michael Barron, director of campaign group Equate, with Minister for Education and Skills  Richard Bruton at the School Admissions seminar organised by Equate at the Alexander Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton maintains the Dáil “has an appetite” to deal with the ‘baptism barrier’ issue and that there is a clear timetabl(...)

New school admissions legislation will do nothing to change the ‘Catholic first’ enrolment policies of the vast majority of schools, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

New school admissions legislation will do nothing to change the “Catholic first” enrolment policies of the vast majority of schools, an Oireachtas com(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said new supports would better facilitate the work involved in opening a new school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New schools will be permitted to appoint a principal at an earlier stage, under measures to be announced on Monday – by Minister for Education Richard(...)

 Paul Rowe, chief executive of Educate Together: “The recent negative comments were unrepresentative of the people of Castlebar.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In a first floor office building in the centre of Castlebar, an Educate Together national school opened its doors to 12 pupils on Wednesday morning. (...)

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