State Prosecutes in Spite of Constitution
October 14, 2014: Two Irish families who rejected the onerous registration procedures created by a national agency have been prosecuted in court, demonstrating why even an explicit constitutional right to homeschool needs defending.

Homeschool Mom Jailed
August 5, 2014: In Ireland, a mother was jailed in a dispute with the government, saying that she shouldn’t have to apply for permission to exercise her fundamental right to homeschool—which is explicit in the Irish Constitution.

New government agency established to monitor home educators
February 20, 2014: Families face attempts to increase monitoring home educators by the National Education Board.

It’s Final in Ireland: Kids, Government Rule in Home over Parents
November 16, 2012: Pro-family groups are going on the offensive to stop an incoming barrage of internationalists’ treaties as voters approve ballot measures on “children’s rights.”

American Homeschoolers Help Out Friends in Ireland
Although the homeschool movement of Ireland is small, the right of parents to homeschool was about to be severely diminished in late 1999.

 Country Information

Compulsory education ages: 6–16

Legal Status: Homeschooling is officially recognized by the Constitution of Ireland (Article 42) but allows for “reasonable regulation.” According to Ireland’s National Education Welfare Board, home education is the fastest growing form of education in Ireland.

“Education (Welfare) Act, 2000”

Number of Homeschoolers: Approximately 750 children.

 Contact Information

Matthew Kenny, Associate Solicitor
Sheehan & Partners
+353 (0) 1-4533477
Send an email

Elizabeth Bruton, homeschool attorney
+353 162 44567
Mailing Address:
Hilford House, Leixlip County Kildare, Ireland

Irish Christian Home Educators Association
POC: Adrian Webb
Contact via the above website or at +353 8 7223 2915
ICHEA Facebook page

Irish Core Home Education Support Services (I-CHESS)
Access group through the Home Education Network
Send an email

Last Updated: February 20, 2014