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Galway teacher fights to stop transfer to another school and says she was 'humiliated'

The teacher has been at the school for 17 years.

The woman was a Business Studies teacher at the school.
The woman was a Business Studies teacher at the school.
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A CO GALWAY-based secondary school teacher has launched a High Court challenge against her proposed transfer from the school she has taught at for 17 years to another school.

The action has been brought by Dympna Mannion against Galway-Roscommon Education Training Board’s (ETB) decision to redeploy her from St Killian’s College, Ballinasloe to Merlin College in Galway City.

The court heard Mannion believes she is being “forced out” of St Killians.

At the High Court Dermot Sheehan Bl for Mannion, a business studies teacher, said his client was informed of the proposed transfer by St Killian’s principal Padraig Kelly approximately 10 minutes before the end of the school year on 2 June last.

She claims she was told she was being transferred because there was a surplus of business studies teachers.

Mannion was shocked and broke down in tears after being informed by the decision to transfer her. It is not clear why she was selected, counsel said.

She asked Kelly why she has been targeted. However, he denied that she was targeted.

She was also informed that she was selected because the other business teachers at the school had more service and more seniority.

She says that there should have been an attempt by the board to seek a voluntary transfer and the policy should have been last in first out.

She claims there are nine more junior teachers at the school who she says were not considered for redeployment and no request for volunteers for any proposed transfer was made.

Notice of any proposed transfer should have given earlier than it was, she also argues.

In a sworn statement to the court, she said in her case that sections of Redeployment Scheme concerning the transfer of teachers was not followed.

The fact she was not consulted and was notified of the transfer just before the end of the school year “humiliated me,” was “high-handed” and “unfair”.

She made an industrial relations complaint to Galway-Roscommon ETB’s Human Resource’s Department about the proposed transfer. However, that was not successful.

Comments have been closed for legal reasons. 

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