Its not a “weird” ideological push. Its just a change you don’t like.
If it is “weird” then I suppose you’re saying the rest of the developed world is “weird” and we’re the normal ones with our subsidy system
There is no evidence that the amount of State support currently provided is the absolute optimum outcome for the taxpayer. We don’t know the elasticity of how much a Blackrock/Alexandra parent will pay to segregate. Lets cut it by 20% a year and see.
The Kilkenny example is interesting. They’ll still have “ethos” as a barrier to entry. You won’t see traveller kids there.
They’re still charging fees for boarding.
I know some large COI families who had ordinary single income non-professional household and couldn’t afford protestant fee paying schools in south dublin. More free protestant schools would be good for such households.
How they control demand from ala carte catholics and agnostics will be interesting. Catchment Area? Interview?