Minister Bruton announces plans to establish 42 new schools over the next 4 years

Phased start up initially with a view to ultimately providing over 20,000 new school places

New online system being developed to ensure parents have best information on all proposed models of patronage

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by his Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country.

We are fortunate in Ireland to have a growing population. However, this growth puts pressure on our public services. If we are to have the best education and training system in Europe, we must ensure that we adequately prepare for this future need by planning for the necessary modern school facilities now.

The Minister announced 42 new schools today – 26 schools at primary level and 16 at post-primary level, however he said that the requirement for new schools will be kept under on-going review and in particular would have regard to the impact of the increased rollout of housing provision to meet balanced regional development as outlined in Project Ireland 2040.

The Department will also continue to monitor areas where the accommodation of existing schools may need to be expanded in order to meet the needs of the local population. Approximately 40% of extra school places are delivered by extending existing schools.

For each new school announced today, a process will be run to establish parental preference for the patronage of that school. A key determinant of the successful patron, is the preferences of parents of pre-school children in that area. Patronage processes for schools due to open in 2019 will take place this year. The Minister also announced today that a new online Patronage Process system is being developed. This new system will allow for more efficient collection and processing of parental preferences.

Making the announcements today, the Minister said “Since 2011, we have created 122,000 new and replacement school places. We are now creating more school places than at any other period in the history of the State. In 2010, some 9,000 school places were created.  In 2017, we built approximately 18,800.

“If we want to be the best in Europe, we need to make sure that we are planning for future need and providing state of the art facilities for future generations.  I am announcing these 26 new primary schools and 16 new post-primary schools today which, together with large-scale projects such as school extensions and projects under the Additional Accommodation Scheme, will serve to meet education needs over the next 4 years across the country.

“For each new school announced to open in 2019, a patronage process for that school will take place this year .The new online Patronage system that is being developed will make it a lot easier and more efficient for parents to register their preferred patron and their preference as to whether the new school should operate through Irish or English.”

The Department’s website is also being updated to ensure that the current status of existing major projects in the school building programme is set out in a more user-friendly format. The status of projects will be more regularly updated to reflect their progress as part of the €8.4 billion investment in school buildings under Project Ireland 2040. Please see here: – Building Works

Since 2011, we are building more school places than during any other period in the history of the state.

Since 2011:

  • Large scale projects provided over 122,000 permanent school places (over 89,000 additional places and 33,000 replacement places).
  • In addition, almost 53,000 permanent school places were provided under the Additional Accommodation Scheme.  This is a devolved scheme that meets the demand for essential classroom accommodation for mainstream and special needs purposes such as those arising from demographics, adjustments to the pupil teacher ratio and prefab replacement etc.
  • The Department remains fully committed to all projects on the existing building programme and is progressing all as quickly as possible.

Notes to editor

Primary schools to be established over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022)

School Planning Area School Size* Year to Open
1 Booterstown_Blackrock 8   classrooms 2019
2 Donaghmede_Howth_D13 16   classrooms 2019
3 Drumcondra_Marino_Dublin1 8   classrooms 2019
4 Dublin6_Clonskeagh   & Dublin_6W (Regional Solution) 16   classrooms 2019
5 Dunshaughlin 8   classrooms 2019
6 Glasheen_CorkCity/Pouladuff 8   classrooms 2019
7 Goatstown_Stillorgan_DLR 16   classrooms 2019
8 Kilcoole/Newtownmountkennedy 8   classrooms 2019
9 Killester_Raheny_Clontarf 8   classrooms 2019
10 Leixlip 8   classrooms 2019
11 Maynooth 8   classrooms 2019
12 Swords/South 8   classrooms 2019
13 Swords/North 8   classrooms 2019
14 Carrigaline 16   classrooms 2020
15 Donabate 16   classrooms 2020
16 Newcastle_Rathcoole/Saggart 8   classrooms 2020
17 Sallynoggin_Killiney_DLR/Cherrywood 16   classrooms 2020
18 Bray/Woodbrook   Shanganagh 8   classrooms 2021
19 Clondalkin_D22 8   classrooms 2021
20 Donaghmede_Howth_D13 16   classrooms 2021
21 Dublin2_Dublin4 16   classrooms 2021
22 Gurranbraher_CorkCity 8   classrooms 2021
23 Kilkenny/City,   Western Environs 16   classrooms 2021
24 Naas 8   classrooms 2021
25 Sallynoggin_Killiney_DLR/North 8   classrooms 2021
26 Sallynoggin_Killiney_DLR/Cherrywood 16   classrooms 2022
* based on current projected need but will be responsive   to patronage or demographic demand



Post-primary schools to be established over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022)


School Planning Area School Size* Year to Open
1 Donaghmede_Howth_D13/Belmayne/Clongriffin 1,000   pupils 2019
2 GalwayCity   & Oranmore (Regional Solution) 1,000   pupils 2019
3 Laytown   & Drogheda (Regional Solution) 600   pupils 2019
4 Wicklow 600   pupils 2019
5 Blanchardstown_West   D15 & BlanchardstownVge_D15 (Regional Solution) 800   pupils 2020
6 Goatstown_Stillorgan   DLR 800   pupils 2020
7 Enfield   (Kilcock school planning area) 500   pupils 2020
8 Citywest/Saggart   (Tallaght & Newcastle_Rathcoole school planning areas) (Regional   Solution) 1,000   pupils 2020
9 Dublin6_Clonskeagh   & Dublin_6W (Regional Solution) 1,000   pupils 2020
10 Ballincollig 600   pupils 2021
11 Booterstown_Blackrock   & Dunlaoghaire (Regional Solution) 1,000   pupils 2021
12 Donaghmede_Howth_D13/Baldoyle/Stapolin 800   pupils 2021
13 Dublin2_Dublin4 600   pupils 2021
14 Kilcoole   & Greystones (Regional Solution) 800   pupils 2021
15 Sallynoggin_Killiney_DLR/Cherrywood 600   pupils 2021
16 Drumcondra_Marino_Dublin1 1,000   pupils 2022
* based on current projected need but will be responsive   to patronage or demographic demand




The new primary school already announced to open in 2018 is as follows:

School Planning Area School Size* Year to Open
1 Dublin   South City Centre (Regional – D2, 4 & 6) 24   Classroom 2018



The new post-primary schools already announced to open in 2018 are as follows:

School Planning Area School Size* Year to Open
1 Malahide   & Portmarnock, (Regional solution) 1,000   Pupils 2018
2 Swords,   Co. Dublin 1,000   Pupils 2018
3 Limerick   City & Environs (East ) 600   Pupils 2018
4 Dublin   South City Centre (Regional – D2, 4, 6 & 8) 1,000   Pupils 2018
5 Firhouse,   Dublin 24 1,000   Pupils 2018



Enrolment numbers:

From 2011 to 2017, total pupil enrolment in primary and post-primary schools has risen by almost 82,000 pupils.

While primary enrolments at national level are at peak, population growth and housing provision in certain locations continue to be a driver of demand for new schools and extensions to existing schools.

Post-primary enrolment numbers are projected to rise by approximately 10,000 students by 2019 and will continue to rise until 2025, at which point enrolments in post-primary schools are expected to be in excess of 400,000 students for the first time in the history of the State.

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