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Principal at award-winning school apologises after 'plagiarism' claims online


Dermot Mullan

Dermot Mullan

Dermot Mullan

The head teacher of an award-winning Northern Ireland school has apologised after he was accused of plagiarism.

Prominent teacher, Times columnist and education commentator Tom Rogers took to Twitter claiming one of his blog posts had been copied "word for word" by the principal of Our Lady and St Patrick's College in Belfast.

He posted a picture of the article, which detailed principal Dermot Mullan's experience of a teacher telling him he would achieve a poor grade in his exams and how times had changed, alongside a copy of his own blog post.

"I particularly like his signature and picture at the end. Hope his students have got the message - plagiarism is A ok!" he tweeted.

Responding through the school's official twitter page, Mr Mullan apologised and offered to to do so in person.

"Tom, we have never met in person or spoken and I have done you a wrong," he said.

"I apologise. I should have attributed your article. I did have the same experience as a student."

Mr Rogers replied saying he accepted the apology.

"A terrible example to students about plagiarism!" he added.

"I must say though, I enjoyed the fact you changed the grade you got from a B to an A."

Our Lady and St Patrick's College at Knock was named the Sunday Times School of the Year in November 2015.

Belfast Telegraph