Kilkenny Education Centre has a long pre-history as a voluntary body under the name of Kilkenny Teachers' Centre. In September 1997, we were transformed into a full-time Education Centre by the Department of Education and Science and our name changed.
The Centre is a member of Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI). ESCI is the umbrella organisation of the 21 full-time and nine part-time Education Centres in Ireland. It represents the interest of the Network as a whole including both part-time and full-time Directors, staff and Management Committees of all Centres.
We, the Management Committee and Staff of Kilkenny Education Centre, envisage an open and innovative Centre, which inspires and supports teaching and learning in the education community.
Kilkenny Education Centre seeks to realise its vision by facilitating the sharing of ideas and the communication of knowledge with the learning community through the ongoing provision and development of services and resources.
The Management Committee is elected each year at our Annual General Meeting.
John O' Sullivan is the Director of Kilkenny Education Centre. The Centre also has a number of administrative and ancillary staff who facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Centre.
Kilkenny Education Centre Freedom of Information, Sections 15 and 16 Reference Book is a guide to the function, records, rules and practices of Kilkenny Education Centre. This Reference Book is compiled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1997, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2003. All references in this Manual to the Freedom of Information Act/s refer to the 1997 Act as amended by the 2003 Act.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, effective from 21st April 1998, establish three new statutory rights:
You have the right to obtain environmental information from Kilkenny Education Centre under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (as amended). The AIE legislation sets out the procedures for public access to information relating to the environment held by public bodies.
You will receive a response within one month from the date on which the request is received by the Kilkenny Education Centre FOI Officer.
Disclaimer/Note: Please be advised that Public bodies may refuse AIE requests on certain mandatory grounds (personal information/third party information) or discretionary grounds (commerical confidentiality etc.).
Charges: There is no initial fee for making an AIE request. However, if you require hard copies there may be a fee of 5c per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request. A charge of €10.16 applies to the provision of information on a CD-ROM. Postage will be at An Post rates at the time of posting.
Appeals: If you would like to appeal a decision made by Kilkenny Education Centre you can do so by sending a request in writing asking for an internal review of the decision. Please address your review request to: John O' Sullivan, FOI Officer, Kilkenny Education Centre, Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny. If after the internal review you are unsatisfied with the decision and would like to make a complaint or appeal the decision again, you can do so by contacting the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information ("CEI"). You must appeal or make a complaint to the CEI within one month of getting the reviewed decision from Kilkenny Education Centre.