The Department of Education has lifted a restriction it had placed on five multi-denominational schools across the country, which meant they could only enrol 13 junior infants this coming September.

In a letter sent to the schools' patron body this evening, the department has stated, however, that enrolment levels in all five schools "should continue to be managed within the constraints of available accommodation".

The Educate Together schools, in Tramore, Trim, New Ross, Castlebar, and Tuam, have all confirmed to RTÉ News that they will now proceed to offer places to fill full-size classes of 26 children for the coming school year.

Principals of the schools involved have said they are relieved that the situation for September has been resolved.

However, they have expressed concern that problems arising from unsuitable accommodation continue.

All of the schools are in temporary homes that they will outgrow very shortly. Patron body Educate Together has welcomed the letter.

CEO Paul Rowe said it confirmed that the department's discriminatory restriction on enrolment in these schools was no longer in place.

The five schools were all established in recent years to provide multi-denominational primary school provision in towns where previously there was none.

The so-called "divestment" process under which they were established, envisaged Catholic schools amalgamating to free up school buildings for the multi-denominational schools.

However, in each of the five towns these multi-denominational schools continue in temporary accommodation with no clear sign of a permanent home.

Educate Together said this evening it would continue to work with the Department of Education to ensure that accommodation is made available to allow the schools to continue to develop.