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# Patronage

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# Education
Enrolments rise in multi-denominational schools, but there's been a very slight decrease in Catholic schools
Almost 940,000 pupils are enrolled in primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.
# Joe McHugh
Education minister on school patronage changes: 'Just to be clear - Christmas will not be cancelled'
It was claimed that Christmas celebrations in schools could be curtailed where patronage was switched to multi-denominational.
# Education
These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings
The patronage of the schools was recommended by the New Schools Establishment Group.
Voices
Opinion: 'Parents need to raise their voices in the divestment debate'
Single-faith religious instruction and all sacramental preparation needs to be parish-based and conducted outside of school hours, writes Peter Gunning.
# patronage determination
Parents in four areas are being asked to express their preference about the patronage of new schools
The process began today and it will wrap up at the end of July.
# Patronage
Two new Educate Together primary schools announced for Dublin
The four new schools will be able to cater for up to 1,728 pupils.
# process
Educate Together applying for patronage of four more schools in Dublin and Cork
Patrons are being asked to provide evidence of parental demand by 4 January 2017.
# Greenhills
New Educate Together primary school to open in Dublin this September
The Programme for Government has committed to reaching 400 non-denominational and multi denominational schools by 2030.
# Patronage
Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin
Some 96% of primary schools are under religious control.
# Religion Lessons
The Archbishop of Dublin says parents who don't want their kids to do religion have a point
But he says Catholic education is “not poison”.
# lack of choice
'Parents and teachers are scared': Why won't more schools give up their Catholic patronage?
Many have staunchly resisted calls to amalgamate or divest.
# Patronage
Poll: Should Catholic schools be allowed give preference to Catholic children?
Is it up to the state to provide non-denominational schools?
Voices
Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)
Instead of spending 20-30 hours of curriculum time focusing on the Sacraments, preparation should take place after school hours.
Voices
Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable
The State is responsible for the rights of students in the national school system even if the schools are run by patron bodies, writes Peter Ferguson.
# Patronage
Educate Together appointed patron of new schools in Dublin and Galway
The NGO aims to provide equality of access to children regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds.
# Education
Quinn: I'm not an aggressive secularist
The Minister for Education launched a public consultation on inclusiveness in primary schools today.
# Ruairí Quinn
Education Minister: ‘Do we really need 150 minutes of religion class per week?’
In a recent broad-ranging interview, Ruairí Quinn talks patronage, third-level fees, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral and his own future.
# Patronage
Applications open to determine patronage of four new primary schools
The four schools – due to open in September 2014 – are in Cork, Dublin Fingal, Dublin South, and Galway.
# 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 Church
Archbishop Martin says the Church should not be 'gagged'
But he added the Catholic Church in Ireland needs to learn that it cannot expect people to do as they are told.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Irish primary schools be non-denominational?
Parents in 38 Irish towns are voting on the type of school they want to send their children to but what do you think?
# Patronage
Survey begins asking parents who should run primary schools
Ruairí Quinn said the survey is a historic opportunity to parents say whether schools should be denominational, multi-denominational, all-Irish or something else.
# Patronage
Parents asked who they want to educate their children
Surveys about local primary school patronage are being distributed in five areas today but Minister Quinn warned the process will be slow.
# Education
Quinn: I've been caricatured as enemy of the Catholic Church
The education minister said the debate around school patronage had become distorted.
# Education
Poll indicates three-quarters of parents want change in primary school patronage
The poll results also show that many parents still want religious education in schools.
# Your Say
Poll: Should religion have a role in education?
Yesterday it was recommended that a rule placing religion at the heart of primary education be reviewed but should religion play any role in schools?
# Education
Minister: Primary school system needs to "adapt to more diverse society"
A report on patronage and pluralism in the primary sector showed that there is increased demand for new forms of multi-denominational and non-denominational schooling.
# Teachers
Teachers call for reduced Church control of schools
Primary school teachers will also vote on a motion to maintain their pay levels as set out under the Croke Park deal.
# dominic west
In pictures: Dominic West at Trinity College Dublin
The TCD graduate and star of the ‘The Wire’ spoke at the University Philosophical Society tonight.
# 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.