About 40 parents camped outside a secondary school in north Dublin overnight to try to secure a place for their child.

The principal of Clonturk Community College says the school will try to accommodate all those who sought to enrol but that the number of applications for the school already exceeds the places available.

By 10am about 100 parents had formed a queue outside Clonturk Community College, which is run by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board and Educate Together.

By afternoon parents were still arriving to try to enrol their children.

The principal says the school now has more applications than the 96 places on offer.

However, she said some parents may have applied to more than one school and hopes they may be able to accommodate more.

The Department of Education says Minister for Education Richard Bruton has committed to trebling the rate of delivery of multi- and non-denominational schools, to reach 400 by 2030.

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