Quinn will announce Church to lose school control - Independent.ie
The way Quinn is doing this is pretty smart. By doing the ground work and carrying out local surveys with parents in the affected areas, he's removing any argument that he's going against their wishes. Much as many would like, it's simply not logistically possible to turn around 1 day and say "all patronage ends tomorrow", because the administrative/governance work being done by the church will still need to be done, and you need to find people to do it.THE Catholic Church is being told to hand over another 23 primary schools in an historic shake-up of the eduction system designed to offer parents more choice.
Department of Education surveys in 43 towns and suburbs over the past six months found that two-thirds of parents wanted a more diverse range of schools -- meaning a reduction of the church's overwhelming dominance of school patronage.
The results of the consultation with 10,000 parents on future control of local schools can be revealed today, with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn pointing out that a majority of areas surveyed had shown sufficient parental demand for wider choice of schools.
So you get it being done step by step basis, which is slowly getting to where many want us to be.