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Poll: Should Catholic schools be allowed give preference to Catholic children?

Is it up to the state to provide non-denominational schools?

Parish priest Sean Duggan with students Jack Rooney (9) and Sinead Delambaca (12) at the launch of Catholic Schools Week.
Parish priest Sean Duggan with students Jack Rooney (9) and Sinead Delambaca (12) at the launch of Catholic Schools Week.

THE ARCHBISHOP OF Dublin Diarmuid Martin has defended the right of Catholic schools to give preference to Catholic children applying to attend.

It comes after a Dublin mother claimed that her four-year-old son was denied a place in a number of schools because he wasn’t baptised.

In an interview with the Irish Independent published today, Martin says that the problem is with an overall lack of places and that ”it is not fair to blame the Church.”

Does he have a point? Is it not natural that Catholic Church-owned schools would prioritise Catholic children, and is it not up to the State to provide non-denominational schools?

Or should Catholic schools treat every child the same regardless of their religion, or lack thereof?

This evening’s question, Should Catholic schools be allowed give preference to Catholic children?


Poll Results:

Yes (10318)
No (6642)
Not sure (670)



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