Catholic schools crisis

23rd October 2009 at 01:00

The biggest shake-up in Irish education for decades is about to begin with historic talks on the transfer of some of the country's 3,000 Catholic primary schools to the state, reports the Irish Independent.

Next month's talks will bring together Catholic bishops, who are patrons of 92 per cent of the country's primary schools, and the Department of Education and Science. One stumbling block could be compensation for the schools that are handed over, especially where parishioners have contributed significantly to the buildings' upkeep.

But with state coffers empty and a report on abuse in the Dublin diocese imminent, it looks a bad time for the church to demand public money.

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