Tuesday 20 February 2018

Teacher who fought proposed transfer to new school after 17 years agrees to move

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Ray Managh

SECONDARY school teacher Dympna Mannion will not now have to move to Galway City’s Merlin College to which she had been transferred in June by the Galway Roscommon Education Training Board (GRETB).

The Board, in a statement read out today Wednesday in the High Court, said it sincerely regretted the stress and difficulty its decision had caused Ms Mannion.

Ercus Stewart SC, counsel for the teacher, said that in talks with the Board’s legal team led by Conor Power SC, who appeared with barrister Mairead McKenna, said it had been mutually agreed that Ms Mannion would move “to a school in Galway.”

Following the brief court proceedings Ms Mannion’s solicitor David Nohilly, of Larkin Tynan Nohilly, said that while she would be moving to Galway in the new school term that begins next week the transfer would not be to Merlin College.

It is believed Ms Mannion, of Headford Road, Galway, agreed during the out-of-court talks that she would move to Galway Community School instead.

Mr Stewart, who appeared with barrister Dermot Sheehan, told Mr Justice Donald Binchy that the matter had been resolved and that an agreed statement would be read to the court.

It was agreed that Ms Mannion was a teacher in good standing with an excellent and impeccable record over 17 years as a teacher with St Killian’s College, Ballinasloe.

“The Galway Roscommon Education Training Board acknowledge that the recent transfer caused Ms Mannion stress and difficulty,” the statement said.

“This was not intended by the Board and is sincerely regretted.  It is now mutually agreed that Ms Mannion will move to a school in Galway City and the Board wish her the best in her new school.”

Ms Mannion, a business studies teacher, had launched a High Court challenge against her proposed transfer in the belief that she was being “forced out” of St Killians.

She claimed she had been told by St Killian’s principal Padraig Kelly of the transfer only 10 minutes before the beginning of the summer break and that it had been due to there being a surplus of business studies teachers.

Ms Mannion had told the court there were nine more junior teachers at St Killians who had not been considered for redeployment and no request for volunteers for any proposed transfer had been made.  She had asked the High Court to quash the Board’s decision.

Judge Binchy struck out the proceedings without further order.

"GRETB wishes to place on record that Ms. Dympna Mannion was unsuccessful in her legal challenge to remain on the teaching staff of St. Killian’s College, New Inn and the proposed necessary internal reassignment of Ms.  Mannion will now proceed," the board said in a statement. 

"The Board wishes to point out that the reassignment is necessary to enable the Board to stay within its authorised teacher staffing allocation.  It is noted that no award was approved in this case. 

"GRETB wishes Ms. Mannion continued professional success in her new school posting."   

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