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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (407)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

407. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education if her attention has been drawn to the decision of the patron body of a school (details supplied) to disband the board and put a single individual in charge, despite the fact that four persons were willing to serve on the board; if she has requested an explanation for this decision; if she will request the patron body to restore the board with the members that are available to serve; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [61651/21]

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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. Under the provisions of this Act, where a Patron determines that the appointment of a Board is not practicable, the Patron may appoint a manager or managers to perform the functions of the Board.

In the case of the school in question, the Patron has informed the Department that the three year term of office of the Board came to an end on 15 October 2021. The Patron has also determined that the appointment of a Board is not practicable at this time and, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Education Act 1998, appointed a single manager to manage the school. The Deputy will appreciate that the appointment of a board of management is solely a matter for the relevant school Patron and that I have no role in this regard.

Question No. 408 answered with Question No. 406.
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