The Islamic Foundation of Ireland is seeking to become the patron body of a new State-funded secondary school due to open in west Dublin next year.
While there are two Muslim national schools in the Dublin area, there is no State-funded Muslim secondary school in the country. It is one of six new secondary schools due to open in the greater Dublin area next September where patronage is to be decided on foot of votes by parents.
The Islamic Foundation of Ireland is one of five patron bodies campaigning to run a new secondary school to serve the Blanchardstown village and west Blanchardstown area of Dublin 15. The other patrons include Educate Together, the Irish-medium An Foras Pátrúnachta , Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board and Scoil Sinéad Limited, a multidenominational patron.
The Islamic Foundation of Ireland, based on Dublin’s South Circular Road, is the oldest organization in the country which represents the Muslim community and has been campaigning for a secondary school.
Source: The Irish Times