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# catholic schools

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# Your Say
Poll: Would you support an opt in approach to sacraments in Catholic schools?
A recent survey shows Catholic schools want preparations for Confirmations and Communions to take place outside the classroom.
'Catholic schools are the most sought after in their area, by families of all faiths and none'
A comprehensive deal with the State is in the best interests of the Church, as well as the broader education system, writes Jonathan Tiernan.
# no religion
Parents in these 16 areas to be surveyed over demand for non-denominational schools
The government wants 400 multi- and non-denominational schools in place by 2030.
# baptism barrier
'All the children that live in our building got places in local schools - our daughter didn't'
The family’s story sparked a debate on the controversial ‘Catholics first’ policy in many primary schools.
# education equality
Admission fees, waiting lists and explicit discrimination to be banned in schools, says Minister for Education
The new laws have been given a guarded welcome.
# Section 37
"Schools are not data-processing centres": Irish bishops want 'balance' in discrimination debate
Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin has promised to amend Section 37.
# Oireachtas agenda
Senators seek to close loophole that may aid forced marriages
Senators think two sections in the Family Law Act 1995 need to be updated to protect children. They will debate this and other issues today.
# Patronage
Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey
The change comes after surveys were carried out in 38 towns across the country.
# catholic schools
Religious rule should be abolished and schools transferred from Church patronage
The Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in primary schools has recommended a number of changes to the patronage of schools in Ireland.
Column: Children shouldn’t be forced into Catholic schools
As the Leaving Cert results sink in, we need to change the school system to give parents real options, writes John Holohan of Educate Together.
# catholic schools
Ruairi Quinn plans forum on transferring schools out of Catholic patronage
The new minister for education wants to establish and conclude the forum within nine months.