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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

Last update: 29 March 2022

The Irish state requires that ‘children receive a certain minimum education, moral, intellectual and social’ under Article 42 3 1° of the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann, 1937). Full-time education is compulsory from 6 to 16 years, or until the completion of three years of second-level education. Both state-funded and private education is available at all levels in Ireland.