Education Support Centres (Appointment and Secondment of Directors) Regulations 2017.

CitationIR SI 394/2017

Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 5th September, 2017.

I, RICHARD BRUTON, Minister for Education and Skills, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 37 (6) of the Education Act 1998 (No. 51 of 1998) (as adapted by the Education and Science (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2010 ( S.I. No. 184 of 2010 )), hereby make the following regulations:

Citation and Commencement

1. (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Education Support Centres (Appointment and Secondment of Directors) Regulations 2017.

(2) These Regulations shall come into operation on 1 September 2017.


2. In these Regulations—

“Act of 1998” means the Education Act 1998 (No. 51 of 1998);

“Director” shall be construed in accordance with Regulation 3(1);

“Minister” means the Minister for Education and Skills;

“secondment” means the release, in accordance with the arrangements for secondment, of a person from his or her teaching post in a recognised primary or post-primary school, or of an Inspector;

“teacher” means a registered teacher within the meaning of the Teaching Council Act 2001 (No. 8 of 2001).

Functions of a Director

3. (1) A person appointed as a Director of an education support centre shall perform the following functions:

(a) managing and directing the work of the centre, and

(b) performing such other (if any) functions as may be determined from time to time by the management committee of the centre.

(2) A reference in these Regulations to the appointment of a Director shall be construed as including a reference to the renewal of an appointment of a Director.

Appointment and remuneration of Directors

4. A management committee of an education support centre shall not appoint a person to be a Director of that education support centre, or remunerate such a Director, other than in accordance with these Regulations.

Appointment of Director

5. (1) The appointment, by a management committee, of a person to be a Director of an education support centre shall be made—

(a) on foot of an application by the management committee to the Minister,

(b) with the consent of the Minister, and

(c) following a public competition that has been approved by the Minister for that purpose.

(2) Subject to Regulation 6, an application shall be made by the end of February of the school year before the school year for which the appointment is to be made.

(3) The Minister shall only give consent to the making of an appointment where he or she has received written confirmation from the employer of the person to be appointed of its approval to his or her release on secondment for the school year in question.

(4) The appointment of a Director by a management committee shall be in accordance with such terms and conditions, including, such terms and conditions relating to remuneration, as are determined by the Minister from time to time.

(5) Any determination of the Minister under paragraph (4) of terms and conditions in relation to remuneration shall be made with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Renewal of appointment of Director

6. (1) Where the appointment of a Director has been made by a management committee in accordance with these Regulations for a school year (in paragraphs (3) and (7) referred to as the current school year) and the management committee seeks to appoint the same person as a Director for the subsequent school year, the management committee shall apply to the Minister for approval of the continued appointment of that Director in accordance with these Regulations and the...

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