Early Childhood Ireland has been requested by the Department of Education and Skills to assist them in assessing the views of parents/guardians on patronage of Irish national schools.
The vast majority (96%) of primary schools in Ireland are owned and under the patronage of religious dominations and approximately 90% of these schools are owned and under the patronage of the Catholic Church.
We all know that Irish Society has changed a lot in recent years. There are now families of many different nationalities, religions and beliefs living here. Our education system therefore needs to adapt to ensure that there is respect for all the different traditions and religions from which pupils come.
The department would particularly like to hear the views of parents/guardians whose pre-school children are attending our member services this year. Therefore, we are asking you:
to encourage them to complete the online survey
Initial surveys of parents will be undertaken on a pilot basis in the following areas:
- Whitehall (including Kilmore West and Beaumont)