There are further calls for the church and state to be fully separated following the Mother and Baby Homes report.

The majority of children across the country attend schools under Catholic patronage.

More than 2,000 people have also signed a petition for the Angelus to be removed from RTÉ television every evening.

General Secretary of the Catholic Primary School Management Association, Seamus Mulconroy, says the future of religious schools is a completely separate issue than this weeks report.

He says Bishops have already said they’d be open to divestment where there’s a local demand.

But, he said, there’s a need to separate the discussion from yesterdays release of the report into Mother and Baby homes.