Wednesday 7 December 2016

Religious monopoly on schools has no place in a republic

Rob Sadlier

Published 11/08/2015 | 02:30

'Even the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said that the status quo is no longer tenable'
'Even the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said that the status quo is no longer tenable'

There is a country where religious institutions have a near-total monopoly on primary school patronage; a country where parents have their children admitted to a religion just so that they may access the local school; a country where teachers feel compelled to profess certain beliefs when seeking a job or promotion.

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Believe it or not, this country is a 'republic'.

This country is Ireland.

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