The Archdiocese of Dublin has announced that it is postponing consultation regarding the proposed divestment of a school in north County Dublin.

The decision follows outcry this week over letters sent out by primary schools in the area to parents, making a number of misleading claims about what a change of patronage might mean.

The archdiocese has this evening written to school principals calling off planned votes of parents on the issue.

In the letter, the archdiocese says confusion and misinformation has arisen in the public domain.

It says it is vital that all stakeholders are fully informed of what a change in patronage entails.

It has postponed planned voting by parents until a survey that found demand for more multi-denominational school places in the area can be published.

The survey of the parents of pre-school children was carried out by Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board.

The archdiocese was in the process of measuring the level of interest among parents in the Portmarnock/Malahide area towards transferring one of eight Catholic primary schools to multi-denominational patronage.

Read the letter