Friday May 29, 2020

Traveller case dismissed as state readies admissions bill

As the government readies legislation which will change the rules that schools can use to control student admission, last week the Supreme Court dismissed a landmark discrimination case against a school which had denied a place to a Traveller. The co

1st March, 2015
Brigid Quilligan, director of the Irish Traveller Movement, outside the Four Courts. Picture: Collins

John Stokes, the boy in question, failed to gain admission to the High School, falling foul of the school’s so-called parent rule, whereby children of past pupils are given priority of entry. Many schools have similar policies.

The discrimination case has been argued over the course of four years. Acting on behalf of his mother, Mary Stokes, the Irish Traveller Movement (ITM) Law Centre first lodged a complaint with the Equality Tribunal. The...

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