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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 January 2010

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

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Eamon Gilmore

Ceist:

1077 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will confirm receipt of an application for a contract of indefinite duration in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; when a decision will be made on this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1392/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The person referred to by the Deputy has had an application for a contract of indefinite duration post rejected by my Department.

The person was employed in a permanent capacity as a clerk typist in a school under the terms of the 1978 scheme. In the 2005/06 school year she applied for a career break to pursue an educational course and was granted the career break. The career break scheme that she availed of clearly states that a career break may not be allowed for the purpose of taking up employment in Ireland. Her career break was sanctioned by the Department for the sole purpose of further education part of which required her to teach a specific category of pupils for a minimum number of hours per week.

It is not considered that she has the appropriate continuous teaching service in an Oireachtas funded post in the school to be awarded a contract of indefinite duration. The basis of the decision not to reckon her teaching service was that she was simultaneously on a career break from a permanent clerk typist post in the same school for the period that is now claimed as reckonable towards a contract of indefinite duration.

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