Thursday, 13 June 2019
Department of Education and Skills
89. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 222 of 29 January 2019 and 253 of 19 February 2019, the reason a board of management member may cease to be a member of the board at the decision or discretion of the patron, which is not provided for in section 16 of the Education Act 1998 and-or in the governance manual for primary schools 2015 to 2019 in section 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24713/19]
The Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 - 2019 sets out the circumstances in which Board members may be removed or membership of a board of management shall cease.
Section 16 of the Education Act, 1998, provides that a patron may, with the consent of the Minister, for good and valid reasons stated in writing to a member of a board of management remove that member from that office, or if satisfied that the functions of a board are not being effectively discharged, dissolve that board.
As Minister I have no function within Section 16 until such time as the Patron seeks my consent under Section 16. As outlined in previous replies of 29 January and 19 February, whilst I have a statutory role as Minister regarding the removal of a member of a Board, I have no statutory role in respect of members who cease to be members of Boards for varied reasons.