Baptism barrier

Is it wrong that non-religious parents have to baptise their children just to get them into a school? asks Áilín Quinlan

Legal profession ‘only likely beneficiary’ of school bill

A bill by the Labour Party that seeks to make it harder for schools to use religion to select pupils might benefit nobody but the legal profession, a Catholic schools’ body claims.

Church teaches Education Minister Richard Bruton a lesson on divestment

Richard Bruton plans to divest patronage from Catholic primary schools. We’ve been here before and the Church still holds all the cards, writes Michael Clifford.

Richard Bruton’s school plans could give immigrants an Irish welcome

Religion, as a form of social organisation, has taught us to equate progress with welcoming strangers, writes Victoria White.

Richard Bruton backs schools’ treatment of religion

Minister’s endorsement of the community national school (CNS) system comes as it vies with Educate Together to open more schools.

Schools say ‘baptism barrier’ is rare

Fewer than one in 20 Catholic schools in Dublin are turning away children who have not been baptised.

Minister pledges to tackle religion in schools issue 'within three years'

It is unclear when parents will see changes to the rules that allow links between religion and school enrolment, despite Education Minister Richard Bruton’s plans to deal with the issue.

Campaign group calls for removal of 'Baptism barrier'

Campaign group EQUATE says the only way to make all primary school children equal is to remove the Baptism requirement for schools.

Education Minister unveils four options to combat 'baptism barrier' in schools

Four options have been unveiled by the Education Minister to tackle the so-called baptism barrier which allows publicly funded schools to refuse places to children based on religion.

Group claims 'nobody has been refused entry' to Catholic schools outside Dublin

A group representing Catholic primary schools is insisting there is no baptism requirement for their school places.

Richard Bruton to announce plans to tackle 'baptism barrier' in schools

Education Minister Richard Bruton is due to announce plans this morning to legislate on the controversial school admissions system.