Religion-Free Primary Schools To Open In Dublin

In another sign of ever increasing secularism in the Republic, the Department of Education has revealed it is to open two new non-denominational primary schools in Dublin next September.

The schools, in the Phoenix Park and Phibblestown, will be the first of their kind in the country and will be under the patronage of the Vocational Education Committee.

The VEC-backed establishments will be a new departure and will cater for children of every religion and will also provide a general ethics programme for kids whose parents wish them to opt out of religious education.

The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee already promotes education being both available and accessible to all of the population.

Jacinta Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, said: "We currently have 22 schools and colleges offering Second Level, Further Education and Adult Education programmes and services and we operate out of more than 100 centres across the city."


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