As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
A patronage process is run after it has been decided, based on demographic analysis, that a new school is required. This patronage process is open to all patron bodies and prospective patrons. Parental preferences for each patron, from parents of children who reside in the school planning areas concerned, together with the extent of diversity currently available in these areas, are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process.
All new schools established since 2011 to meet demographic demand are required to prioritise pupil applications from within the designated school planning area(s) which the school was established to serve. This does not preclude schools from enrolling pupils from outside of the designated school planning area, rather it reflects the need to accommodate in the first instance the demographic for which the school was established.
While the announcement did not include a new post-primary school for the Dublin 8 or Ballyfermot-Dublin12 school planning areas, a new 1,000 pupil post-primary school was announced to be established in 2020 as a regional solution to serve the Dublin 6-Clonskeagh and Dublin 6W school planning areas which are adjacent to Dublin 8 and 12, and a new 600 pupil post-primary school was announced to be established in 2021 in the Dublin2-Dublin4 school planning area which is adjacent to the Dublin 8 area. In addition, a new 1,000 pupil post-primary school is scheduled to be established in 2018 to serve the Dublin2-Dublin4, Dublin 6-Clonskeagh and Dublin 8 school planning areas as a regional solution.