Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (185)

Michael Fitzmaurice


185. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the governance manual 2015-2019 and the Education Act 1998 is the only legislation in place governing the removal of persons by a patron from a primary school board of management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51709/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998, the appointment of a Board of Management of a school is a matter for the relevant school patron.

The mechanisms under which a Board of Management member may be removed are as follows:

Section 16 of the Education Act provides that a patron may, with the consent of the Minister, for good and valid reasons stated in writing to a member of a board of management remove that member from that office, or if satisfied that the functions of a board are not being effectively discharged, dissolve that board.

Section 7 of the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 - 2019 sets out the circumstances in which Board members may be removed or membership of a board of management shall cease.