Patronage of post-primary school in former dog track announced

17 December, 2019 – Minister McHugh announces patronage of six new post-primary schools to be established in 2020. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the patronage of the six new post-primary schools to be established in 2020. In all cases, the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). Today’s announcement forms an essential part of plans to ensure that sufficient new school places are available to cater for the growing numbers of pupils at post-primary level over the coming years.
The new post-primary schools being established in September 2020 were announced last year as part of the Government’s commitment to invest heavily in education with 44 new schools to be established between 2019 and 2022 to cater for demographic growth.
The Minister said: “Parental preference is a key determinant in deciding the patronage of new schools and I’m pleased to say that the views of parents as expressed through the process are reflected in the decisions made on the patronage of these six new schools.”
The six new post-primary schools to be established in 2020 will provide significant additional places in the areas they will serve and between them will have capacity to cater for 5,000 post-primary students when fully developed. 

Harold’s   Cross, Dublin6_Clonskeagh & Dublin_6W, Educate Together, English, 1,000. The online parental preference processes indicated a minority preference for Irish as the preferred language of instruction. Having regard to the level of preferences for Irish-medium, particularly in the Dublin 6/6W area survey, the Department will  engage with patrons of existing Irish-medium gaelcholáistí and the new schools to ensure that this demand is addressed.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to the members of the New Schools Establishment Group for their valuable input to the process which has ensured an objective and transparent process. 

The patronage of the primary school was announced earlier in 2019 and Harolds Cross Educate Together opened in September.