Four new Educate Together secondary schools are to be established next year to address pressures from a growing population, the Department of Education has announced.
The new schools, located in Dublin, Wicklow, Louth and Galway, will accommodate a total of about 3,200 pupils, with classrooms set to open from September next year.
Education Minister Joe McHugh said parents were consulted in determining the patronage of the schools as Educate Together, following recommendations from the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG).
"The establishment of these new schools forms an essential part of plans to ensure that sufficient new school places are available to cater for the growing cohort of pupils at post-primary level over the coming years," Mr McHugh said.
Interim accommodation is to be found for pupils next September where school buildings are still under construction.
A further 13 primary schools are also due to be established next year, including a Gaelscoil school, with the patronage of the other 12 to be determined.
The NSEG is responsible for reviewing an area where there is a need for additional places. It then recommends patronage, such as Educate Together, to meet diversity requirements. CLOSURES
The populations to be served by the four Educate Together schools are Donaghmede and Howth, Wicklow, Galway City and Oranmore, and Laytown and Drogheda.
It comes as it emerged that more than a third of the schools assessed for structural deficits will now require intervention following on-site inspections.
Assessments of all 42 schools built by Western Building Systems (WBS) have been completed, with 17 requiring intervention, while reports from a further 13 school buildings continue to be analysed.Ardgillan Community College, in Dublin, remains closed, while three other schools - Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS, the adjoining St Luke's NS, and Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada - are to partially close, with only the ground floors reopening to pupils and staff on Monday.
The Department of Education said it was looking at interim accommodation for pupils who cannot return to their old classrooms on the upper floors of the affected buildings.
A further 14 schools require external intervention and supports in the form of fencing and protective decking.
In a statement, WBS said it had not seen any of the assessments by the department.
"So far, we have been invited to meet with the department's inspectors and officials at 13 of the 42 schools. We had insufficient time on site to make structural evaluations," it read.
"That such a turnaround is now being reached is troubling on a wider scale."