Catholic Schools in the Republic of Ireland – A Position Paper by the CSP

Catholic Schools Partnership was launched by Cardinal Seán Brady on 28 January 2010. It was established by the Irish Bishops’ Conference and the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

The aim of the CSP is to support all partners involved in the provision of Catholic education while respecting the very real diversity that exists among Catholic schools in Ireland.

The role of the Catholic Schools Partnership is not to create a large centralised structure but to provide a framework wherein some issues can be handled at a more central level while respecting the autonomy and diversity of our schools.

CSP functions on the basis of subsidiarity, namely that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority.

The CSP does not replace or amalgamate the existing Catholic management, trustee and patron organizations, rather it seeks to foster a deeper sense of partnership and shared purpose among patrons/trustees, management bodies including boards of management and teachers in Catholic schools.

At the heart of the partnership is a council with thirty-three members drawn from across the spectrum of Catholic schools.

The office is based in Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co. Kildare and Father Michael Drumm is Executive Chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership.

Catholic Schools Partnership launched a Position Paper entitled Catholic Schools in the Republic of Ireland on 6 April 2011, click on link below to view. (article courtesy of

Catholic Schools Partnership Position Paper

Timeline for continuation of the CSP consultation process