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Monday 23 April 2018

Secondary school move for Educate Together

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

EDUCATE Together will be involved in the running of secondary schools for the first time from 2014.

The body, which accepts students of all religions, will be the patron of a school in Blanchardstown west Dublin, and a joint-patron in another school in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn yesterday announced the patronage of 14 new post-primary schools which will be established over the next two years across the country.

As well as the Educate Together involvement, nine will be run or jointly run by the Vocational Education Committee (VEC), one by the Catholic Le Cheile Schools Trust, one by the Church of Ireland, and two by An Foras Patrunachta.

Diversity

Mr Quinn said the range of patrons demonstrates commitment by the Government to diversity of ethos and respect for parental choice: "I am particularly pleased that Educate Together will be patron in one school and co-patron in a second school, given that ET was officially recognised by me as a second-level patron just one year ago," he said.

"I am also pleased that for the first time in a generation, a new Catholic and a new Church of Ireland voluntary secondary school are to open."

A state-funded school body, Educate Together operates 65 multi-denominational primary schools across the country.

The successful patrons of the 14 new schools are:

• Educate Together (Blanchardstown West, Dublin 15)

• County Louth VEC and Educate Together (Drogheda, Co Louth)

• Le Cheile Schools Trust (Mulhuddart, Dublin 15)

• Church of Ireland (Greystones, Co Wicklow)

• County Dublin VEC (Lusk)

• County Galway VEC (Claregalway)

• County Kildare VEC (Naas)

lCounty Meath VEC (Navan)

• County Cork VEC (Carrigaline)

• County Kildare VEC (Maynooth)

• County Louth VEC (Dundalk)

• County Meath VEC (Ashbourne)

• An Foras Patrunachta (Balbriggan, Co Dublin)

• An Foras Patrunachta (Dundrum, Co Dublin)

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