Friday 19 January 2018

All our kids are equal - but some more so than others

Should State-supported, religious-maintained schools have the power to determine their own policies to protect ethos?
Should State-supported, religious-maintained schools have the power to determine their own policies to protect ethos?
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE quasi Orwellian nature of schools' admissions policy in Ireland - where all children are equal, but some are more equal than others - survives another day.

The prospect of the Supreme Court striking down the parent rule was, in many ways, unlikely, not least because of the disagreement among the five-judge court as to whether a right of appeal actually existed in a case involving a child from the Travelling community.

And the court was no doubt aware that it would have unleashed a national enrolment crisis if it had struck down laws granting schools a broad discretion when they draw up their own admission policies.

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