Union wanted hearings to be held in private
The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland was overruled in its ambition to have the new fitness to teach hearings held in private.
In a recent article in its magazine, 'ASTIR', the union said it was its position that the hearings should not be public.
But it said the minister decided they would be held in public, unless there was an overwhelming reason for a private hearing.
It assured teachers the provisions would not replace disciplinary procedures and these would be exhausted before the council conducts an inquiry.
The union vowed to ensure investigations into teachers by the council were "conducted fairly". The union, which is represented on the Teaching Council, emphasised that the new provisions were designed to deal with only the most serious allegations concerning teachers' conduct.
INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the council must strike a balance between professional standards and fair and due process.
This was critical, she said, to maintain the confidence of the public.