The majority of people think that the Catholic Church should give up control of the country's primary schools, it has been revealed.
A poll published in the Irish Times found that 61 per cent of respondents are in favour of this, while 28 per cent want the church to remain in charge.
Voters in Leinster are the most supportive of the church, while those in Dublin are the least.
Of those polled, 47 per cent said their attitude towards the church had grown more negative since the publication of the Murphy report into the handling of child abuse allegations.
However, the same number (47 per cent) said their opinion had not changed.
In other education news, the Irish Independent reported last week that 40,000 teachers have yet to be checked by the Gardai Vetting Unit.
The publication noted that just 20,000 have been cleared so far and said it could take years to get through the backlog.
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