I would have thought this kind of thing had died out in the 1950s but in Ireland today there are (or were until lately) State funded school buses reserved for children of specific religions. In this case two Catholic school children attending a mainly Protestant school in Limerick were refused permission to use a school bus. The reason was that the local VEC said the bus was just for Protestant children who live more than 3 miles from their closest Protestant school.
The family understandably threatened legal action and the children were given passes to use the bus. In Ireland of 2006 how did anyone think that what can be seen as a sectarian school bus was a good idea and there would not be law suits.
I realise that the policy is probably just a reflection of the penny pinching common in the public services of todays Celtic Tiger, but I have to wonder how many other school children are refused the use of a school bus and are told it's because they go to the wrong church on Sunday instead of the truth that the local authorities are too cheap to put on enough school buses?