Wednesday 24 January 2018

College director's High Court challenge dropped

Brian Harkin had sought an injunction against Kerry ETB. Photo: Eye Focus
Brian Harkin had sought an injunction against Kerry ETB. Photo: Eye Focus
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The director of a post-Leaving Cert college has dropped a legal challenge aimed at restraining disciplinary proceedings against him.

Brian Harkin, director of Kerry College of Further Education in Tralee, had been seeking an injunction against Kerry Education and Training Board.

However, the case was struck out following discussions between both sides yesterday.

It had been scheduled to go to a full hearing before Ms Justice Carmel Stewart in the High Court.

But Mr Harkin's counsel, Marguerite Bolger SC, told Ms Justice Stewart the proceedings could be struck out on consent without any further order.

The announcement followed discussions between both sides in the hallway outside the court.

The content of the discussions was not disclosed, with both sides agreeing to a confidentiality arrangement.

"The matter has been resolved and Kerry ETB has no further comment to make," a spokeswoman for Kerry ETB said.

Asked if Mr Harkin remained an employee of the ETB, the spokeswoman said: "I can't comment on that."

The Irish Independent understands the disciplinary proceedings arose following an internal investigation by the ETB.

Mr Harkin became principal of the former Tralee Community College in 2011.

The college was divided into two operations in 2014.

These were a second-level school called Coláiste Gleann Lí and a post-Leaving Cert service known as the Kerry College of Further Education, where Mr Harkin became director.

Irish Independent

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