Bishop says parents are key deciders on religious education

A Catholic bishop says parents have a key role to play in any decisions on the teaching of religion in primary schools.

Bishop Kevin Doran, of the Diocese of Elphin, was responding to proposals from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment that would see religious education no longer part of the State’s core curriculum.

Instead, schools would have the freedom to decide how much time they wish to spend on teaching religion during so-called ‘flexible time.’

However, Bishop Doran says that, whatever about the policy makers, it’s parents who will make the ultimate decisions: