“that advice has been in place for some time..”

From today’s Politics Show, BBC NI Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison reports on one particular measure contained in the Republic of Ireland Finance Minister Brian Lenihan’s debut budget – the €2.8 million cut in State funding to 21 Protestant fee-paying schools. Church of Ireland reaction, as reported at the time.

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  • I find it odd that the legal advice focused on Catholic schools rather non-Catholic or non-Protestant schools who might have a better case to argue inequality. In any case, there’s no chance of a secular school system under this government since the recent knuckling under to teaching Catholic religion instruction (as opposed to religious education) in class time in the Community National Schools.

    What more can we expect from one of the many TDs who kept his teaching job open for many years while being a sitting TD rather than release it for some new teacher otherwise condemned to supply teaching and so on. At the most, such TDs should have been forced to take leave such that they could have the next available job but not their original job in their original school.

  • George

    I think the legal point is that the elite private Protestant schools have always got the 100% grant on the grounds of protecting the Protestant minority regardless of what level of fees they charged to pupils.

    The elite private Catholic schools lose a lot of that grant.

    The report didn’t say what the fees at Monaghan Collegiate are. Anyone know?

  • frustrated democrat

    Can someone tell me?

    What is the system in the RoI regarding secondary education?

    Where do non RC’s go in general?

    Are there secular or protestant schools across Ireland or is it a few around the big cities?

  • George

    frustrated democrat,
    where do non RCs go in general?

    I did a check and it seems there are 59 inter-denominational secondary schools in Dublin and 11 Church of Ireland ones.

    In my area of south county Dublin it was one of the private schools if you had over 5k a year in spare cash or a non-denominational comprehensive, technical college or community school if you didn’t.

    I don’t know of any Protestant secondary school in south Dublin that doesn’t charge fees but maybe if you’re one of those southern Protestants without a sausage they waive them. I doubt it though.

    Virtually all of the Gaelscoileanna are inter-denominational but more importantly are free and high-performing. Very hard to get in to now unless you send your child to a Gaelscoil in primary too.

    A good few non RCs also go to high-performing Catholic schools and are exempted from all the religious stuff. A lot of RCs go to high-performing Protestant schools.

    Basically, it’s all over the shop at the moment but the overwhelming majority of new schools are now inter-denominational so that’s the direction things seem to be going in.