Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD has announced that the Department of Education and Skills has purchased the old Irish Glass Bottle site on the Goatstown Road in advance of the development of a new national school.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the site will be the location of the Goatstown/Stillorgan Educate Together National School subject to the approval of planning permission.

The county development plan will also have to be altered to allow the construction on the site.

In addition to the national school, an 800 pupil secondary school will also be developed on the site with Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD saying that prospective patron bodies would be invited to express interest in running it.

This is the first stage in the patronage process which will ultimately go to an online parental preference survey and then adjudication by the New Schools Establishment Group.

In a statement, Minister Ross said: “This is very welcome news for both primary and secondary education in Goatstown.

“The invitation to become the secondary school patron in Goatstown follows on from the announcement in April 2018, that the Government was making a major investment in education.

“This is great news for Goatstown and the region as it will help meet demand from the growing population.

“Patronage for a new school is an important decision for a community. This is the first step today in seeking invitations.

“This will be followed over the coming months with an online patronage survey where local people, parents and guardians of eligible children living in the area, will be asked to express their preferences on patronage of this new school in Goatstown.”

Parents whose children will be commencing first year in secondary school from 2020-2024 and who are living in the relevant school planning areas will be eligible to make their preferences known in the online survey.

The primary school’s temporary accommodation for the coming academic year will be in Grafton House, Sandyford.