With three Muslim primary schools already present, Dublin will become the first county to have a secondary school with an Islamic ethos if the application by the Islamic Foundation is accepted by the Department of Education.

Muslims make up 1.3% of the country’s population according to the 2016 census, with around half of the 63,000+ population living in the capital.

The school, which is due to open in Blanchardstown next September, will cater for a maximum of 800 students. Applications for patronage have also been submitted by other bodies such as An Foras Pátrúnachta, Educate Together, and the local education and training board (ETB).

Parental surveys will start today which, along with assessments of school diversity in given areas, are the main determinants in decision making by the Department of Education.

Encouraging participation in the survey, Minister Joe McHugh said “we need parents’ support to ensure we reflect the views of families in the areas where we have younger and growing populations”.