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Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin called a forum to help his diocese and others to divest some of their schools to other patron bodies

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin called a forum to help his diocese and others to divest some of their schools to other patron bodies

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin called a forum to help his diocese and others to divest some of their schools to other patron bodies

If the Catholic Church was a commercial company operating in the Irish economy, the Competition Authority would order it to divest itself of at least half of its urban schools.

The church, of course, is not operating in the economic sphere but it does have a near monopoly in primary education in Ireland. In a few weeks' time, many parents will be bringing their four and five year olds to start their educational journey in the local Catholic primary school. Many will do so with pleasure and pride, but some, a growing number, will do so with a slightly heavy heart.


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