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School Management

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 2 July 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Questions (202)

Derek Keating


202. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Education and Skills given that an investigation pursuant to section 19 of the Education Act 1998 has been carried out in a school (details supplied) in County Dublin, if she will confirm that recommendations have been made and fully implemented and that a copy of these will be provided for this Deputy and parents of pupils who were interested or affected by the issues raised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26738/15]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Education Act 1998, provides for schools to be managed by Boards of Management on behalf of the relevant school patrons.

Section 19 of the Education Act provides for the patron, where he/she is of the opinion that the functions of a board are not being effectively discharged, following issuing a notice to the board members and consideration of any representations received, to authorise any person or persons as the patron may deem appropriate to report to the patron on any matter arising from or relating to the operation of that board.

The Patron is required to inform the Minister where he/she proposes to exercise functions under section 19. In this regard, I can confirm that the patron of the school in question informed me of his intention to invoke his powers under section 19 of the Education Act. There is no requirement for the Patron to provide me with any further details in relation to the matter.