Sunday 24 September 2017

No more talking - scrapping schools baptism barrier is long overdue

Nikki Murphy and Clem Brennan with their children Reuben (5) and Roscoe (2). Ms Murphy was featured in ‘The New York Times’ last year, when Reuben, then four, was turned away from nine schools in south Dublin because he was not baptised
Nikki Murphy and Clem Brennan with their children Reuben (5) and Roscoe (2). Ms Murphy was featured in ‘The New York Times’ last year, when Reuben, then four, was turned away from nine schools in south Dublin because he was not baptised
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Who knows why Education Minister Richard Bruton has belatedly decided to do something about the baptism barrier, which excludes children from schools on the basis of their religion?

Maybe he was embarrassed into action after a number of international newspapers recently ran front-page stories depicting the plight of Irish parents whose children were rejected by multiple schools.

Last year, for example, 'The New York Times' prominently covered the case of Dublin woman Nikki Murphy and her four-year-old son Reuben after he was turned away from nine schools in south Dublin because he was not baptised.

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