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Irish Independent: Big differences emerged in terms of how PE halls were funded, with 28pc fully paid for by the State, 27pc partially funded by the State and 45pc completely funded by the school. JMB general secretary Ferdia Kelly said the fact that almost half of schools didn't have proper PE facilities meant that they could not adequately provide for one of the most fundamental aspects of a young person's development from both a physical and mental health perspective. Read more

Ferdia Kelly expresses his concerns on the School Admissions Bill on Newstalk 106-108FM and UTV Ireland News.

Irish Times: In a statement, the JMB welcomed the commitment in the bill to inclusion and equality of access but said “the issue of parental choice is a critical consideration in this debate”. Read more

Irish Independent: Ms O'Sullivan has announced her intention in draft legislation, aimed at introducing more fairness and transparency to the admissions process for primary and post-primary schools. But the body representing 380 secondary schools insists "family cohesion in terms of schooling and support for a school with a particular tradition and ethos adds greatly to the sense of community, which is at the centre of school life". Read article

Irish Times: Ferdia Kelly, JMB, comments on the Junior Cycle dispute “We don’t want any disruption to our schools and we see enough in the minister’s offer to allow this to be carried out. In particular, restoring a State certificate goes a long way to addressing concerns about possible differences in standards of assessment between schools,”. Read article

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