Education Committee to consider proposed legislation on schools admission policy

14 December 2016

The Joint Committee on Education and Skills will tomorrow meet to consider the principles of the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016. The Committee will hear from representatives of Atheist Ireland, Evangelical Alliance Ireland, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ireland, Gaeloideachas, Education Equality, Educate Together, the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, the Education and Training Boards Ireland, the Church of Ireland, EQUATE and the National Association of Boards of Management in Special Education (NABMSE).

The meeting will commence at 2.30pm in Committee Room 3 tomorrow, Thursday, 15 December 2016.

Committee Chairperson, Fiona O’Loughlin TD, said “Before this Bill is taken at Committee Stage, we welcome the opportunity to hear from a number of representative groups that will be directly affected by this piece of legislation, should it be enacted. This is an important piece of legislation that aims to oblige schools to prepare and publish an admission policy containing a statement that they shall not discriminate on nine specific grounds.”

“These grounds include gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, race, membership of the Traveller community and the special educational needs of the student. Furthermore, the Bill provides that where a child is unable to secure a school place, the NCSE or Tusla will have the power to designate one. We very much welcome tomorrow’s engagement.”

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Committee Membership:

Chairperson: Fiona O'Loughlin TD (Fianna Fáil)

Deputies:

Joan Burton (Labour)
Thomas Byrne (Fianna Fáil)
Ciaran Cannon (Fine Gael)
Jim Daly (Fine Gael)
Catherine Martin (Green Party)
Carol Nolan (Sinn Féin)

Senators:

Maria Byrne (Fine Gael)
Robbie Gallagher (Fianna Fáil)
Trevor Ó'Clochartaigh (Sinn Féin)
Lynn Ruane (Independent)