Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 04 July, 2006

Written Answers. - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science if an application for incremental credit for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be expedited and approved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26120/06]

  Ms Hanafin:Under the terms of revised Circular 10/01, in order for service under this scheme to be recognised for the award of incremental credit, the service must have been remunerated, full-time, satisfactory and be relevant to primary teaching. The application for incremental credit submitted by the person referred to by the Deputy was considered by an independent Appeals Board on 27th June 2006.

It was decided by the Appeals Board that the service in question was not relevant to primary teaching. The person concerned was notified in writing of the decision of the Appeals Board on the 30th June 2006. The Appeals Board operates independently of the Minister and the Department and its decision is final. I am sure you will appreciate that it is not appropriate for me to intervene in the operation of the independent Appeals Board.