The Department of Education has given the go-ahead for the opening of five new primary schools over the next two years - all of which will be multi- or inter-denominational.

Patron bodies Educate-Together and An Foras Pátrúnachta have been asked to open the schools, which will be located in areas of growing population in the Dublin commuter belt area.

This September three new schools will open, with two opening the following year.

Multi-denominational body Educate-Together has been asked to open schools in the Dublin suburbs of Blanchardstown west and Mulhuddart.

Irish language patron body An Foras Pátrúnachta will open one inter-denominational school, geared towards Catholics and Protestants, in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

In 2012 both bodies will open one more school each in the same areas.