- Minister Varadkar welcomes breakthrough for parental choice
- Ireland’s first Educate Together secondary school to open in Hansfield
- Dublin 15’s first public Catholic secondary school to open
The Government has announced the patrons for the two new secondary schools in Dublin 15, with Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport and local TD Leo Varadkar describing it as ‘a breakthrough for parents in the area’.
Welcoming the announcement by Minister for Education & Skills Ruairi Quinn, Minister Varadkar said the chosen patrons reflect the clear wishes of parents in the area.
The patrons are:
- Le Chéile Schools Trust, which will operate Dublin 15’s first public secondary school under Catholic patronage at Tyrrelstown;
- Educate Together, which will run the country’s first ever Educate Together secondary school at Hansfield.
“I’m delighted with this decision to reflect the wishes of parents in appointing these two patrons for the new schools, which will significantly enhance second level education in the area. It reflects the clear preferences of parents, and also shows that the Government is willing to listen to the needs and demands of families,” Minister Varadkar said.
Both school patrons were required to provide evidence that there was a demand from parents and families in the area. The schools are set to open in 2014.
“The policy of the Government is that parents should be able to exercise their own choice when it comes to educating their children. This is a good day for the education system.”