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Sunday 24 September 2017

Educate Together school gets go-ahead after handover row

A multi-denominational, Educate Together school will open in Dublin's south inner city in September, the Department of Education has confirmed.

The project has been controversial because of delays in the handover of buildings from an existing Catholic-run school in Basin Lane, James's Street.

Negotiations suffered a setback when the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST), which runs former Christian Brothers schools, raised legal obstacles to transferring the building.

The building involved is a CBS boys' primary school, which Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin had previously agreed could merge with a local girls' Catholic school to facilitate Educate Together.

But among the issues raised by ERST was that it was only permitted to sell off school buildings to "further the purpose of Catholic Education in the Edmund Rice tradition".

Although no final decision has been taken on the site, the department has given the go ahead to Educate Together to make its arrangements. The first stage – the recruitment of a principal – will start immediately.

Irish Independent

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