Sunday 11 December 2016

Children and parents will pay the price for Bruton's surrender to church power on the 'baptism barrier'

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

When it comes to priorities for a new Education Minister, one would have thought a law that discriminates against children on religious grounds would be first on the agenda. Stock Image
When it comes to priorities for a new Education Minister, one would have thought a law that discriminates against children on religious grounds would be first on the agenda. Stock Image

When it comes to priorities for a new Education Minister, one would have thought a law that discriminates against children on religious grounds would be first on the agenda. Apparently not.

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According to Richard Bruton, the so-called 'baptism barrier', which prevents unbaptised children from attending their local de facto state school, is here to stay.

Courtesy of section 7(3)(c) of the Equal Status Act 2000, schools with a religious patronage - 96pc of primary schools in Ireland - can admit a child of that denomination in preference to others.

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