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Education Department

Main role and functions:

  • Provision of timely and consistent secretarial, administrative and executive services to the General Synod Board of Education and its committees
  • Monitoring educational legislation proposals and maintaining close contact with Government Departments and Departmental agencies in both jurisdictions
  • Representing the interests of the Church of Ireland in education and promoting those interests in accordance with Church policies
  • The Board of Education (RI) is a recognized education partner, representing patrons and management of Primary and Post–Primary schools.
  • The Board of Education (RI) provides an advisory service to patrons, Boards of Management and the wider school communities.
  • The General Synod Board has a responsibility to support and develop the adult education provision of dioceses and parishes.
  • Compilation and printing of new religious educational programmes and other educational materials.
  • Training and delivery of the Safeguarding Trust programme, which is the Church of Ireland’s Child Protection Policy for parishes and dioceses.
  • Provision of advice and guidance in relation to child protection issues.

Financial assistance towards education for Church of Ireland Children, please click here for a PDF of Grant Awarding Bodies

News items for the Board of Education (RI) may be accessed by clicking here
News items for the Board of Education (NI) may be accessed by clicking here
The Follow Me Series of Religious Education books is accessible from www.followme–series.org.
This project is the Religious Education Programme for National Schools under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

Safeguarding Trust: The Church of Ireland Code of Good Practice for Ministry with Children – Policy documents are located at www.ireland.anglican.org/policy and there is now a website www.sgt.ireland.anglican.org as well

Contact Details:Email Education
 Direct Dial:Email Address:
Dr Ken Fennelly
01 4125 609
Fennelly, Dr Ken
Secretary to the General Synod Board of Education
and Education Officer (RI)
Dr Peter Hamill028 9082 8860BoE Secretary NI
Secretary to the Board of Education (NI)
Eimear Ryan
01 4125 604
Ryan, Eimear
Education Advisor
Renee English
01 4125 662
English, Renee
Child Protection Officer (RI)
Ruth Burleigh
01 4125 624
Burleigh, Ruth
Garda Vetting Administrator
Margaret Yarr028 9082 8860Yarr, Margaret
Child Protection Officer (NI)
Claire Geoghegan
028 9082 8860
Geoghegan, Claire
AccessNI administrator

Northern Ireland to Republic of Ireland:
Dial +353 & Area Code (drop initial ‘0’) & Local Number

Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland:
Dial 048 (instead of 028) & Local Number

Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland mobile:
Dial +44 & Area Code (drop initial ‘0’) & Local Number