The appointment procedure for third-level college chaplains is to be changed.
The Higher Education Authority has recommended for the appointment process of college chaplains to be publicly accountable, follow public sector recruitment rules and be open to lay people.
Atheist Ireland, under the Freedom of Information Act, found colleges handed large sums of public money to local Roman Catholic bishops, allowing them to appoint a priest of their choice.
The salaries and costs associated with chaplaincies come generally from the overall State funding provided to the institutions.
However, in the case of the Institute of Technology, Tralee, students pay for the service through their fees.