Time to lift barrier to primary school entry
The so-called 'baptism barrier' to enrolling children in the vast majority of primary schools in this country has become a substantial political issue.
The Catholic Church - which runs 90pc of those schools - would have us believe that the barrier is largely an urban myth, but, for many parents, it's a very real impediment to getting their children into a local school.
Education Minister Richard Bruton nails his colours firmly to the mast in an intervention today. He says it is unfair that preference is given by publicly funded religious schools to children of their own religion who might live some distance away, ahead of children of a different religion or of no religion who live close to the school.