Sunday 23 July 2017

Admissions bar based on religion is unfair - but we must respect views of our faith-based schools too

Religious schools are permitted to give priority in admissions to children of their own religion, no matter where they live (Stock image)
Religious schools are permitted to give priority in admissions to children of their own religion, no matter where they live (Stock image)

Richard Bruton

Eva Panicker is an Irish citizen, and is a Hindu. In October 2015, when she was four years old, she was refused admission to her local primary school.

Despite the fact that she lived right beside this school, which was an oversubscribed Catholic school, it was within its rights under current law to give priority in admissions to Catholic children, even if they lived some distance away.

I believe that this situation is unfair and needs to be addressed.

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