An Irish secondary schools is to have gender-neutral toilets fitted on each of its three floors ahead of its official opening in 2021.
The state-of-the-art facility, which will be built in Castletroy, will cater for 1,000 students and will create 100 jobs.
Principal Eoin Shinners confirmed the introduction of “universal” toilets, which has come against a growing debate on transgender issues.
“What you will have is stand-alone cubicles. The only part of the student toilets which are communal are wash-basins. Parents might ask how you supervise boys and girls entering the same toilet block,” he told the Irish Sun.
“But they’ve set up where wash-basins are back-to-back and there’s a screen visible from the corridor.”
He said there are students in the school “who identify differently” from the point of view of gender.
Principal Shinners added: “It’s very much part and parcel of the school and reflective of the society we live in. What we push on our students is acceptance. Accept them for who they are without drawing particular attention on an aspect or an issue.”