Teacher brings court action to stop transfer from Galway school

Dympna Mannion was told she was being moved from Ballinasloe to Galway City

 

A Co Galway-based secondary school teacher has launched a court challenge against her proposed transfer from the school she has taught at for 17 years to another school.

Dympna Mannion has brought the action against Galway Roscommon Education Training Board’s decision to redeploy her from St Killian’s College, Ballinasloe to Merlin College in Galway City.

The High Court heard Ms Mannion believes she is being “forced out” of St Killian’s.

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

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

Ms 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 Mr 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 ETB 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.

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

In her action Ms Mannion of Headford Road, Galway, seeks an order quashing the ETB’s decision to transfer her.

She also seeks a declaration that the decision to transfer her was in breach of redeployment procedures contained in the 1998 Education Act.

Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex-parte basis, by Mr Justice Séamus Noonan.

The matter was adjourned to a date in August.