Monday 20 November 2017

We need real dialogue on the future of our schools

Education Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
Education Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke


Today marks the start of Catholic Schools Week, an opportunity to reflect on the position of faith schools within our education system. It seems a good time for the education minister to launch a discussion on school patronage.

The big changes in Irish society in relation to religious practice, and the fall in the numbers of priests and the religious, have given a sharper focus to this tricky issue.

We need continued respectful dialogue in the matter, but we must also note that progress on change has been painfully slow.

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