National Parents Council Primary (NPC) was set up in 1985, under the programme for Government, as the representative organisation for parents of children attending primary school, and received statutory recognition in the Education Act 1998.
In 1985 the Minister for Education, Gemma Hussey TD sent a Circular number 7/85 to school boards, seeking the establishment of a parent association in every school, and setting the election process for the first National Parents Council in motion.
Following elections, organised by the Inspectorate throughout the country, the elected parents met in Coláiste Mhuire, Parnell Square. This first adhoc executive set about developing a constitution.
At a meeting in Dublin on the 9 February 1986, National Parents Council was formally constituted.
National Parents Council opened its first office in Hogan House, Dublin on the 6 November 1986.