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About us

The Church of Ireland, through its annual General Synod and in accordance with its Constitution (chapter 19:8–9), assigns matters relating to education, to the General Synod Board of Education. The General Synod Board of Education is an all–island body and meets annually. A further two boards, one for Northern Ireland and one for the Republic of Ireland meet approximately five times per year and each reports to the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. The membership of each of the two separate boards is drawn from the General Synod Board of Education and other related bodies. Each Board also has representation from the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland and each Board is chaired by the respective Archbishop of either Armagh or Dublin. 

Our mandate

The mandate given to the Board of Education for the Republic of Ireland by the Constitution of the Church of Ireland is “to define the policy of the Church in education, both religious and secular, and, in promotion of this policy, to take such steps as may be deemed necessary to co–ordinate activities in all fields of education affecting the interests of the Church of Ireland”. The Board is further mandated to “study any legislation or proposed legislation likely to affect the educational interests of the Church of Ireland and take such action with respect thereto as it may deem necessary” and “may deliberate and confer on all educational matters affecting the interests of the Church, may make such enquiries as it shall deem to be requisite and may communicate with government authorities and all such bodies and persons as it shall consider necessary”. 

Membership

The membership Church of Ireland Board of Education for the Republic of Ireland is as follows:

Ex officio members:

The Most Rev Dr Michael Geoffrey St Aubyn Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough (Chair).

Two Honorary Secretaries of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland:

Mr Samuel Harper
The Venerable Robin Bantry White

Two Bishops appointed by the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland.

Two Diocesan Representatives: 

Mr Adrian Oughton
The Rev Gillian Wharton

Two Post Primary Representatives: 

Mr Michael Hall (Headmaster of The Kings Hospital School, Dublin)
Ms Rosemary Maxwell Eager (Teacher, Wilson’s Hospital School, Co. Westmeath)

Third Level Representatives: 

Professor Paul Johnston (Trinity College, Dublin).
Dr Anne Lodge (Church of Ireland College of Education).

Church of Ireland Youth Department Representative: 

Ms Claire Bruton, BL.

Sunday School Society of Ireland Representative: 

The Rev Anne Taylor

Co–options from General Synod Board of Education: 

The Rev Canon Robert Black
Ms Sadie Honner

A Representative from the Methodist Board of Education and the Presbyterian Board of Education are customarily invited to attend as observers.

Secretary to the Board of Education (RI)

Dr Ken Fennelly

Education Advisor:

Ms Eimear Ryan