Tuesday 14 August 2018

Teacher undertakes not to drink alone with students under his care as inquiry concludes

The Teaching Council in Maynooth
The Teaching Council in Maynooth
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A teacher at the centre of a professional misconduct inquiry has given an undertaking not to drink alone with students under his care in the future.

He has also committed to not leaving a student alone in his residence, where alcohol is available, knowing that a student is upset or angry.

The undertakings not to repeat the conduct were sought by the panel hearing a fitness to teach case taken by the school principal  after a 19-year-old student ended up on a motorway late at night  after drinking with the teacher/housemaster .

The undertakings were requested by a Teaching Council disciplinary panel at the conclusion of the case after two days.

The panel said it had considered all allegations against the teacher and it made no other requests or rulings

The undertakings do not represent formal sanctions as set out in the fitness to teach legislation, which include offers of professional support, censure and being struck off the teaching register.

Mary Paula Guinness, counsel for the teacher, said he gave the undertakings without reservation.   

She said he  “enormously regrets his error of judgements and apologies for any distress caused.”

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