Let’s throw out the baptism barrier
This is just wrong – because of what’s known as the ‘baptism barrier’, primary schools in Ireland are legally allowed to discriminate against children based on religion.  This means that children who don’t fit with the school’s prescribed religion are put to the bottom of the admissions list – and in many cases refused a place altogether.
This is the reality facing many parents across the country as they prepare for going back to school next week, with 96% of State primary schools run by religious institutions.  Can you imagine telling your child that they have to go to school far away because they aren’t the same as the other children?
These children need so much more than our sympathy – they need our action and they need it now. As we speak, the Oireachtas Education Committee – a group of TD’s from different political parties – are making their mind up on this issue. They’ll soon offer their advice to the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton – and he’s likely to listen to them.
EQUATE, who have been campaigning on this issue, are doing a great job of raising awareness of this and putting it in front of politicians across the country – and now they need us to row in behind them to make sure that together, we’re heard loud and clear. 
Can you sign the petition to the Committee to show that we won’t stand for this unfair and outdated law any longer?
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