The role of denominational religion in the school admissions process

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced an 8 week consultation period beginning the 24th of January 2017.

On 16 January 2017, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD made a speech on the subject of the role of religion in the admissions process to primary schools.

In the speech the Minister stated that he believes:

  • it is unfair that a non-religious family, or a family of a different religion, living close to their local publicly-funded school finds that preference is given to children of the same religion as the school living some distance away
  • it is unfair that parents, who might otherwise not do so, feel pressure to baptise their children in order to gain admission to the local school.

The Minister set out four possible approaches for dealing with this subject and stated his intention to seek views from people and groups who might be impacted by the proposed changes or have views on the proposed changes.

The Minister is interested in hearing the views of the groups who stand to be impacted by changes as well as any members of the public with views on this issue. The closing date for submissions is the 20th of March 2017.

To download the consultation document click here

Submissions should follow the format set out in the consultation document, and should be forwarded to the following e-mail address admissions_religion@education.gov.ie