Wednesday 18 January 2017

Church-run schools far more popular than their critics say

Published 07/08/2015 | 02:30

Ruairi Quinn
Ruairi Quinn

Ruairi Quinn, writing in this newspaper yesterday, said: "If the Catholic Church was a commercial company operating in the Irish economy, the Competition Authority would order it to divest itself of at least half of its urban schools."

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I am inclined to respond that if the State was a commercial company operating in the Irish economy, all kinds of findings would be made against it as well.

For example, is its position in our healthcare system too dominant? What about schools themselves? We hear that the Catholic Church controls far too many schools.

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