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Poll: Should Irish primary schools be non-denominational?

Parents in 38 Irish towns are voting on the type of school they want to send their children to but what do you think?

Image: Eleanor Keegan/Photocall Ireland

THE GOVERNMENT WILL today begin asking parents in 38 Irish towns who should run primary schools in their area.

Parents will be asked if the type of school they want to send their children to would be denominational, multi-denominational, all-Irish or other.

Currently around 96 per cent of primary schools are run by a church, with almost all – approximately 3,000 schools, 90 per cent of the total number – falling under the remit of the Catholic Church.

A poll conducted by Red C last year indicated that three quarters of parents would send their children to schools run by patrons other than churches if they had a choice.

So we ask: Should Irish primary schools be…


Poll Results:

Completely non-denominational (2550)
Multi-denominational (1753)
Run by a particular church (585)
An even mix (516)
All-Irish (355)
I don't know (285)






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