State must not support school admission policies that discriminate – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan the today called on the government to bring primary school admissions policies into the 21st century.
Speaking during debate on the Equal Status Bill 2016 which would change aspects of the law around admission policies, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Sinn Féin supports the Labour Party bill but we not think it goes far enough -this is disappointing and a lost opportunity.
“The issue of school admissions has become hugely controversial.
“What we are dealing with is the institutional legacy of bygone era that is not fit for purpose in modern Ireland.
“In 21st century Ireland, we have a society that is very diverse. The question for the state is how to manage this diversity while at the same time ensuring equality of access for all.
“When it comes to education, and particularly primary education, the state has failed to achieve this.
“This is due to the unwillingness of successive governments to take control of the national school system and to challenge powerful vested interests.
“The state has duty act in the best interest of all children and the only way to do this is through a secular, public primary education system.
“We live in complex world and our current admissions system is not sustainable.
“Sinn Féin is committed to a state-run primary school system that in practice and ethos is open to all children irrespective of religious affiliation, race, class, and ability.”