Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn has ordered a review of the patronage and management of primary schools.

In a statement, the Minister said that the review would be launched formally before Easter.

No date for completion has been announced.

Mr Quinn said the review ‘will take a multi-dimensional approach involving consultations with the key education stakeholders, including parents’.

An advisory group has been appointed to convene the review forum.

This group will conduct a number of meetings in public and will seek submissions from the public as part of its work.

It is to be chaired by Dr John Coolahan, Professor Emeritus at NUI Maynooth.

The other members of the advisory group are: Dr Caroline Hussey, former Registrar and Deputy President, UCD, and Fionnuala Kilfeather, former chief executive of the National Parents Council - Primary.