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Rockwell College Tipperary Forced Out Of Free Education

rockwellOne of Tipperary’s best-known secondary schools, Rockwell College, founded in 1864, and situated on the outskirts of Cashel, Co Tipperary, with over 500 boarding and day pupils, will become a fee-paying educational venue from September next.

This historical Co Tipperary College, whose former pupils & teachers included Patrick Hillery (Former President of Ireland.), Dr. Maurice Manning (Irish Human Rights Commissioner.), Richie Boucher (CEO BOI.), John Rogers SC (Senior Counsel.), Thomas MacDonagh (Poet, Teacher & Executed Co-Leader of the 1916 Rising.), Monsignor Pádraig de Brún (NUI Galway.) and Éamon de Valera (Former Taoiseach & President of Ireland.), has been forced out of free education, having failed to agree with the Department of Education on what it could charge its attending pupils.

Rockwell had been in discussions with the Department of Education regarding its financial matter for the past two years, but now report it has failed to reach a consensus on current costs, due to both day and boarding pupils being above the strict limits imposed on such schools, under the free education scheme.

With many former fee-paying schools now considering entering the free education scheme, the department is keen to ensure that no one is guilty of bending the current strict financial regulations.

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