Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Disciplinary Action against Teachers.

34.

asked the Minister for Education what disciplinary steps have been taken against the teacher, Mr. Lynch, who pulled part of a boy's ear off and against whom there was a successful court action.

The official investigation in this case has been completed. In accordance with normal practice in such matters no disclosure can be made to third parties of the nature of the action, if any, taken against a teacher following the investigation of a complaint of ill-treatment of a pupil.

I have had letters on a similar matter. Can the Minister say how far teachers may go in punishing children?

That is a separate question.

A child of seven was boxed and her ears pulled.

The Deputy may put down a Question on another occasion.

35.

asked the Minister for Education what disciplinary action has been taken against the teacher, Mr. O'Sullivan, who knocked an epileptic child unconscious in a school on 9th May, 1960, and against whom the court awarded damages.

The official inquiries in this case have not yet been completed. I am, therefore, unable to make a statement in the matter.

36.

asked the Minister for Education what disciplinary action has been taken in the case of the teacher, Mr. Nolan, who engaged in a violent brawl before the pupils, which included rolling on the ground, with the father of a young girl, who had come to the school to protest against the beating of his eleven years old daughter on the fingers, hands and arms by the teacher, against whom damages were awarded in the Court because of the assault.

The case is at present under official investigation. I am not, therefore, in a position to make any statement in regard to it.