Parents will also get a say in the patronage

42 new schools will be built over the next 4 years.

Minister Richard Bruton will announce the details of the builds later this morning.

Nicole Gernon reports:

The Department of Education carried out an analysis of demographics around the country and has announced the building of 42 new schools.

26 of those are primary and 16 are post-primary.

The majority of the schools will be in Dublin or the commuter belt counties of Wicklow, Meath and Kildare.

For all of the new schools a process will be run with parents to decide the patronage, with an online system to do that in the works.

Parents in a particular area will get to have a say in what the patronage of the school is, as part of the Minister's bid to end the baptism barrier.

However it's not all good news, the Irish Times claims more than 500 applications for major refurbishments have been put on hold.

The Department says it plans to continue to monitor areas where existing schools need expanding, saying 40 per cent of new school places will come through extensions.