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# patronage - Monday 23 December, 2019

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.

# patronage - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

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.

# patronage - Thursday 21 February, 2019

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.

# patronage - Sunday 8 July, 2018

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 - Friday 22 June, 2018

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 - Saturday 6 May, 2017

Two new Educate Together primary schools announced for Dublin

The four new schools will be able to cater for up to 1,728 pupils.

# patronage - Monday 5 December, 2016

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.

# patronage - Monday 27 June, 2016

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 - Monday 14 March, 2016

Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin

Some 96% of primary schools are under religious control.

# patronage - Monday 7 December, 2015

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”.

# patronage - Sunday 9 August, 2015

'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 - Wednesday 5 August, 2015

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Poll: Should Catholic schools be allowed give preference to Catholic children?

Is it up to the state to provide non-denominational schools?

# patronage - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

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.

# patronage - Thursday 3 April, 2014

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 - Thursday 26 September, 2013

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.

# patronage - Monday 23 September, 2013

Quinn: I'm not an aggressive secularist

The Minister for Education launched a public consultation on inclusiveness in primary schools today.

# patronage - Sunday 28 April, 2013

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 - Monday 22 April, 2013

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 - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as you get back into the swing of things after the long weekend.

Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey

The change comes after surveys were carried out in 38 towns across the country.

# patronage - Saturday 30 March, 2013

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.

# patronage - Monday 14 January, 2013

Poll: Should Irish primary schools be non-denominational? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

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 - Monday 22 October, 2012

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.

# patronage - Saturday 5 May, 2012

Quinn: I've been caricatured as enemy of the Catholic Church

The education minister said the debate around school patronage had become distorted.

# patronage - Monday 30 April, 2012

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.

# patronage - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Poll: Should religion have a role in education? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

# patronage - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

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.

# patronage - Monday 9 April, 2012

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.

# patronage - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

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In pictures: Dominic West at Trinity College Dublin

The TCD graduate and star of the ‘The Wire’ spoke at the University Philosophical Society tonight.

# patronage - Friday 18 November, 2011

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.

# patronage - Monday 14 November, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…