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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 16 Oct 1991

Vol. 411 No. 1

Written Answers. - Eligibility of Pupil for Entry to School.

Michael Noonan


692 Mr. Noonan (Limerick East) asked the Minister for Education if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Clare has been refused entry to secondary schools in his neighbourhood and that his primary school will not take him back for an extra year; if she will advise on the way in which his parents may fulfil their obligations to educate their child; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

The eligibility of pupils in general for entry to post-primary schools is governed by regulations, but my Department do not have statutory power of control over the admission of individual pupils to a particular post-primary school. The selection of pupils for admission, and the criteria used for this purpose, are decided by the school management authorities in each case.

Sufficient provision for post-primary education does exist for the pupils in this area and I propose to supply the Deputy with the name of a post-primary school which can accommodate this child.