RTE Liveline listeners have heard parents complain that they have been “requested” to pay up to €60 for their child to make their confirmation in Sandyford.

Speaking on RTE Liveline on Thursday, one mother, who was not named, told Joe Duffy that she received a letter from Sandyford Parish.

She said: “It’s a new one for me, you have to give money to the catholic church to make your confirmation.”

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As part of her communication with the programme, the woman forwarded the letter from the parish, which Joe Duffy read on-air.

He said: “A contribution of €60 is requested for enrolment on the programme.

“Due to the diversity of faith and cultures represented in our schools, the parish team does not automatically assume that every child in sixth class will present for confirmation.”

The letter said parents must register with the parish so children can take part in the confirmation sacrament.

It added that while the programme costs €60, parents can avail of a €10 discount if they register before 5pm on May 31.

Meanwhile, the registration form on the Sandyford Parish website also says the price of the course will rise to €80 for late applications.

The contribution section on the online registration form says: “I understand that a contribution of €60 is requested for enrolment on the programme if application is received by the closing date of 24/06/2022 at 17:00. A contribution of €50 will be accepted if application is received before 17:00 on 31/05/2022. A Late Fee of €80 will apply if late application is required in September 2022.”

Dublin Live has contacted Sandyford Parish for comment.

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