Many parents prefer a Catholic education
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn stated he has ruled out the possibility of parents voting on the issue of whether the schools which their children attend should remain under the patronage of the Catholic Church. I find this stance to be completely undemocratic.
The Catholic Church educated the children of Ireland when the State was either unwilling or unable to do so.
As a nation we may have become decidedly less devout over the past few years but, let's face it, Catholicism is still the largest religious denomination in the State by far and the vast majority of parents want their children to be educated through the morals and principles of the Catholic Church.