Talks about role for Educate Together in two Dublin schools
The non-denominational Educate Together body is in talks about a joint patronage role in two Dublin second-level schools.
Discussions are ongoing between Educate Together and City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) about St Kevin's College, Crumlin, Dublin 12, as well as Cabra Community College.
The St Kevin's initiative is in direct response to pressure from parents in neighbouring Dublin 8 for more Educate Together second-level places.
Campaigners met Education Minister Joe McHugh in February, and he has now written to them advising of a potential Educate Together role in Dublin 12 and Dublin 7.
The south city Dublin 2-4-6-8 zone has seen intense pressure for Educate Together provision, which, at second-level, was only partially satisfied by the opening of its Sandymount Park secondary school last September.
Educate Together will be in the running for a new 1,000-place second-level school in Harold's Cross, Dublin 6, due to open in 2020. But even if it succeeds, Dublin 8 parents fear it will not have enough capacity for their children. There are also plans for a 600-pupil school in Dublin 2-4 in 2021.
St Kevin's has about 200 pupils and is multi-denominational. A partnership with Educate Together would mean some ethos changes.