Religious rules for schools 'not fair' - Bruton
Education Minister Richard Bruton has said it's "not fair" that children from outside a school's catchment area get preferential treatment to those within it, based only on religious denomination.
Speaking at a conference on education reform, organised by Equate Ireland, he said he hoped to get a Bill on school admissions through the Dáil by September, the start of the new school year.
The Bill would "make the whole process of admissions more transparent", prevent fees, and would oblige the publication of admissions policy by schools.
The minister said the Bill, when passed, would oblige schools, where not oversubscribed, to accept all children.