I dont believe that is correct.
You're entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. The reality is that even if we were to take the last census figures as currently accurate then 87% of the population is Catholic. However, 92% of the schools have a catholic ethos so already there is an immediate imbalance which must be corrected.
The same number of pupils have to be catered for in Ireland regardless of their religious beliefs, this is a fixed cost, a non denomination school is no cheaper or more expensive than a Catholic one.
No, not really. If you move a village from having one school of 200 children to six different schools catering to different faiths then you're going to have a massive increased cost in terms of building, utilities, teachers etc. Ireland is too small a country for a system of religious segregation to be feasible.
Catholic schools recieve the same amount of state funding as any other school, no more, no less, and Catholics pay as much in taxes as anyone else.
It doesn't matter that Catholic schools receive the SAME amount of funding. It matters that Catholic schools receive ANY funding. It's not the proper position of government to tell people what religion they should believe in. In case you need reminding, here's some of the club handbook:
1. All citizens shall, as human persons, be held equal before the law.
3. 1° The State guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate the personal rights of the citizen.
6. 1° The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights, subject to public order and morality:
i. The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions.
1. The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.
2. Parents shall be free to provide this education in their homes or in private schools or in schools recognised or established by the State.
3. 1° The State shall not oblige parents in violation of their conscience and lawful preference to send their children to schools established by the State, or to any particular type of school designated by the State.
4. The State shall provide for free primary education and shall endeavour to supplement and give reasonable aid to private and corporate educational initiative, and, when the public good requires it, provide other educational facilities or institutions with due regard, however, for the rights of parents, especially in the matter of religious and moral formation.
2° The State guarantees not to endow any religion.
3° The State shall not impose any disabilities or make any discrimination on the ground of religious profession, belief or status.
4° Legislation providing State aid for schools shall not discriminate between schools under the management of different religious denominations, nor be such as to affect prejudicially the right of any child to attend a school receiving public money without attending religious instruction at that school.
This is what our taxes pay for, or at least it's supposed to be. Catholics seem to think, though that there's some hidden watermark in the constitution which means that these sections only apply to them. The state through it's inaction continues to disregard the rights and wishes of parents, as I'm sure Tulip1 will confirm. We need to do something to change this situation sooner rather than later.
"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied chains us all irrevocably. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged by it."
"Science doesn't know everything. Religion doesn't know anything." AronRa - WAC 2011