363. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) relating to appeals under section 29 of the Education Act 1998; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15450/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 363 and 364 together.

Section 29 appeal hearing committees have to date been composed of three members, and, as set out in section 29 1 (2) of the Education Act, 1998 “each of which shall include in its membership an Inspector and such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate.” 

The current panel of Ministerial appointees who serve as section 29 appeal committee members are all persons who have worked in the education sector, including teaching in and managing schools in the Primary and Post-Primary sectors, working in the Educational Welfare Service and serving in my Department’s Inspectorate Division.

Ministerial appointments to this panel have, to date, been made following examination of expressions of interest, made to my Department by those who have had considerable experience of working at a senior level in the education sector.

No appointments have been made to this panel since 2012.