The Department of Education (DE) decide where and when new schools are needed in areas of demographic growth. Parents who are eligible to vote are then asked to vote for the type of school they would like the new school to be through a Patronage Competition Process. The process involves awareness raising, information sharing and parental expression of preference through an Online Patronage Process System (OPPS). Patronage Competitions are overseen by the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG) in the Department of Education and are open to all patrons to participate, including ETBs who are the patrons of Community National Schools. 

ETBs will soon be engaged in campaigns to win patronage competitions for primary schools. ETBs hope to win patronage competitions to establish Community National Schools in the following areas in September 2021.  

Name of Area  Primary  ETBSchool Size  
Donaghmede/Howth/Dub 13PrimaryDDLETB8 classrooms
Dublin 2/Dublin 4PrimaryCDETB8 classrooms
Sallynoggin/Killiney/DLR/North PrimaryDDLETB8 classrooms

To express your interest in a Community National School in the above, areas please click here

To express your interest in a Community National School in another area, please click here

For more information on the Patronage Competition Process, please visit the patronage section of the DES website. See here