'We are being denied freedom of choice'
Parents of children at five multi-denominational schools in Lucan are furious that their hopes for an Educate Together second-level school have so far been thwarted.
Parents in the west Dublin suburb have been campaigning for a school for up to a decade.
Carol Dunne, a mother of two children at Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School, said: "Under the Constitution, parents have the right to choose what type of education they want for their children, but this is being denied to us.
"It makes me angry that they will not allow Educate Together second-level schools, because the primary model has been so successful.
"There is a desperate need for a new innovative approach," she added.
"Under the present system pupils are often just fed facts. In Educate Together they are taught how to think for themselves."