The Department of Education will receive final representations today from interest groups concerned about the future of small primary schools.
It has begun a review of all schools with fewer than 50 pupils to examine whether they represent value for money.
Today is the deadline for submissions.
The McCarthy report recommended amalgamating all of these schools with others to save an estimated €18m however the Irish National Teachers Organisations disputes this.
INTO Vice-president Jim Higgins says the move would hit rural areas hardist: