Sunday 18 February 2018

Bruton is facing a baptism of parental ire over the Catholic school enrolment policies

'The present set up is clearly not suited for the Ireland of today.' Stock Image: Getty Images
'The present set up is clearly not suited for the Ireland of today.' Stock Image: Getty Images

John Walshe

Nobody really knows exactly how many "compulsory Catholics" there are in primary education - pupils who are baptised solely because their non-religious parents want to ensure they get into their local school.

Many of them are angry over the lack of choice in a country where 90pc of the primary schools are under the patronage of the Catholic Bishops.

A number of organisations are seeking changes, including Equate, which is organising a seminar today where Education Minister Richard Bruton will speak on the baptism barrier issue.

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