Change in Patronage for Thurles School

A BODY set up to examine the role of religion in Ireland’s schools, has recommended that four schools in Tipperary be divested of Catholic patronage.

A BODY set up to examine the role of religion in Ireland’s schools, has recommended that four schools in Tipperary be divested of Catholic patronage.

The Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in primary schools is recommending that changes be made to the way religion is taught in Ireland, including that religious faith formation take place outside of school hours, and that a more religously neutral environment be maintained in classrooms.

Four towns in County Tipperary are among those which are included for the proposed changes - in Carrick on Suir, Clonmel, Thurles and Tipperary town. The Forum says around fifty schools should be divested from the Catholic Church - and all other schools should become more diverse in their teachings.

Speaking at the INTO annual conference in Killarney this week, General Secretary Sheila Nunan said implementing these changes will require a lot of planning,