Children who attend the Muslim primary school in Dublin's Clonskeagh are finding it increasingly difficult to get places at secondary schools in the area, a spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Centre has said. The children were born in Ireland and are Irish citizens.

Ali Selim said yesterday that the centre had received "a great number of complaints" from Muslim parents in south Co Dublin "regarding a limited number of schools that will only accept Catholic children". They are considering asking Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin to intervene, he said.

"I don't think this is right. All of us are taxpayers and preference should not be on the basis of religion or race. This is not a Muslim issue, it affects all non-Catholics."

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