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Equal Access to Education

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union welcomes Education Equality’s gathering yesterday and calls on the Government to implement proposed legislation to ensure that schools can no longer discriminate on the basis of religion.

The ISSU believes that all children and young people, regardless of their religious beliefs, should have the choice and option to attend their local school. 80% of migrant children currently attend just 23% of Irish schools. It is vital that young people are not discriminated against on the basis of religion so that religious segregation is not allowed to continue in our education system. The government must introduce legislation now to ensure that Ireland has an education system which is free from discrimination and division. We must instill values in our children from a young age through inclusive schools to ensure that Irish communities and the wider Irish society are built on values of tolerance, integration and equality.

We have been involved with the discussions and conversations in relation to the Admissions Bill to education. We will continue this work and hope that positive changes for admissions to schools will occur in the near future.

For more information you can see Education Equality’s website here:


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