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

The move to end the ‘baptism barrier’ is a modest proposal
Education Minister Richard Bruton

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

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 to be assured of...

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