Tuesday November 24, 2020

The move to end the ‘baptism barrier’ is a modest proposal

Most schools will notice no change as a result of Richard Bruton’s intervention. So why the fuss?

2nd July, 2017
Education Minister Richard Bruton

If it is true that there is indeed “a furious backlash” at proposals from Education Minister Richard Bruton to end the “baptism barrier” to admission to schools under Catholic patronage, it will raise eyebrows for some outside of the education sector. How could such a modest proposal stir such passion?

These schools are, after all, state funded. Surveys suggest that up to a quarter of parents baptise their children in order...

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