THE great ethnic divide in Irish education is revealed today for the first time.
Some 10pc of pupils in primary education -- around 44,000 in all -- were born outside the State but they are not evenly distributed across the nation's 3,200 schools.
A quarter of primaries, or some 820, have none at all, a half have up to 10pc and the remaining quarter have anything up to 70pc of overseas students.
Among the findings of the census of more than 3,100 primary schools are:
- One in 10 primary school pupils were born outside of Ireland; 23,226 came from other EU countries and 20,703 from outside the EU.
- More than 50pc of pupils in 12 schools are non-Irish.
- Most Irish-language gaelscoileanna have either no non-nationals or only a tiny minority.
- A quarter of the pupils in schools in Dublin 15 do not have Irish citizenship (7.7pc are from other EU countries and 16.7pc from outside the EU).