The correspondence referred to in the question has been received and considered in my Department.
Under the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 the Teaching Council is the body with statutory authority and responsibility for the regulation of the teaching profession in Ireland including the registration of teachers in the State.
The Teaching Council registers teachers in accordance with the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016, Statutory Instrument 444/2016, as amended, which provides for a number of routes of registration, including primary, post primary and further education.
Section 30 of the Teaching Council Acts requires that an applicant for a teaching position in a recognised school be registered with the Teaching Council in order to be paid from public funds.
Circular 31/2011 sets out to ensure, as far as possible, that people appointed to teach are registered teachers with qualifications appropriate to the sector and suitable to the post for which they are employed and that unemployed teachers are offered employment in preference to those who have retired.