Le Chéile Schools Trust, a Catholic organisation, will have responsibility for a school in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, which is set to open in September 2014.
The Department also announced that a new Church of Ireland school was to be established in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, which is also set to open in September 2014.
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn announced the patrons for 14 new post-primary schools last week. For the first time, Educate Together will run a secondary school, in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, and will share patronage of a school in Drogheda, Co Louth, with Co Louth Vocational Education Committee (VEC).
Some eight other schools will also be under the care of VECs in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Meath and Cork. Gaelscoileanna body An Foras Pátrúnachta will become patron to two schools
Mr Quinn said he was “pleased that for the first time in a generation a new Catholic and a new Church of Ireland voluntary secondary school are to open. This demonstrates clearly that I and the Department are committed to diversity of ethos and respect for parental choice”.
The establishment of a new Catholic school after over 20 years comes after the Department was criticised for failing to provide new school places for Catholic parents.
In March of last year, Mr Noel Merrick,the president of the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools (AMCSS/JMB), pointed out that no new permanent Voluntary Secondary School has opened in over 20 years. In that time, the sector has lost 109 schools.
If the AMCSS had not highlighted this fact Mr Merrick said, ''the whole Catholic community would be sleepwalking into a situation where the parents in large areas of the country would no longer have the option of a Catholic school''.
He was echoing a concern that has been expressed by the Catholic bishops in recent years.
In an address in 2008, the then head of the Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission on Education, Bishop Leo O'Reilly, expressed concern at the Department's attitude to the voluntary sector in education.
He noted that “no new voluntary secondary schools had been established for almost a generation with the exception of two small Gael Colaisti under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta”.
“There seems to be a policy assumption in the Department of Education that every new school at second level should be multi-denominational,” Bishop O'Reilly said.