Travellers, Equality and School Admission: Christian Brothers High School Clonmel v. Stokes
Bar Review, 2011
6 Pages Posted: 3 May 2012
Date Written: May 2, 2012
This note examines the recent decisions in CBS High School Clonmel v Stokes which concerned whether the rules for admission to the school – in particular a rule giving priority to children whose parents had attended the school - were compatible with the Equal Status Acts 2000-2008. An equality officer held that the rule was indirectly discriminatory as regards Traveler children and in breach of the Act. However, on appeal the Court held that while the rule had a disproportionate impact on Travelers, it was objectively justified.
Keywords: Access to education, equality, Traveller, discrimination
JEL Classification: K39
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