Castlebar gets first non-Catholic primary school

Mayo County Council announced yesterday that Castlebar Educate Together, Castlebar’s first non-Catholic school, could use a council-owned building to house the new school. Attempts to negotiate a divestment of an existing Catholic school with the Bishop had failed, despite a 2012 survey showing viable demand for an alternative to Catholic schooling. Educate Together were offered[…]

Education (Admission to Schools) Bill introduced to Oireachtas following approval by Government

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has announced that Government has approved the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016.  The Bill will be introduced to the Oireachtas this week with view to enactment as soon as possible after that. The Programme for Government targets enactment of this legislation before September 2017. Minister[…]

Parents march for equality

Approximately 600 parents marched on the Dáil last Sunday, 3 July, to protest against what has become known as the “baptism barrier” to education. Some parents applying for a place for their child in primary school have found they had no choice but to baptise their children in order to ensure they will get a[…]