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Segregation claim a slur against Catholic schools


Critics have been pummelling Catholic primary schools these last few months accusing them variously of being 'divisive', of causing 'segregation', even of fostering 'educational apartheid'. Now it transpires that these self-same schools are owed an exceedingly large apology.

The accusation that Catholic schools are divisive gained traction last September when we discovered that an emergency school had to be established in Balbriggan in north County Dublin for children from African backgrounds. Most of the media coverage verged on the hysterical. It was a case of 'Balbriggan Burning'. Next up, a movie of the same name with the Catholic Church standing in for the Ku Klux Klan.

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