Board of Education

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.
News items for the Board of Education (RI) may be accessed by clicking here 
Members of the Diocesan Board of Education include:
  • Most Revd Pat Storey
  • Ven L Stevenson
  • Very Revd P Bogle
  • Canon J Clarke
  • Revd I Delamere
  • Revd P Heak
  • Ms J Bruton
  • Mr S Strong
  • Mr D Kenny
  • Ms R Willoughby
  • Ms F Higgins
  • Mr N Huston
  • Dr K Willoughby
  • Ms Y Beattie
  • Ms N McShane

The Follow Me Series of Religious Education books is accessible from www.followme–
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 and there is now a website as well


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  Direct Dial: Email Address:
Dr Ken Fennelly 01 4125 609 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary to the General Synod Board of Education 
and Education Officer (RI)
Eimear Ryan  01 4125 604  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Education Advisor
Renee English
01 4125 662 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Child Protection Officer (RI)
Ruth Burleigh
01 4125 624 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Garda Vetting Administrator




Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council provides religious, educational and recreational activities and services to children under 18 years of age through a range of local services.

Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council is committed to safeguarding children by working under the guidance of our national safeguarding policy Safeguarding Trust and its associated procedures.

We acknowledge our duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and we are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

 Our clergy, volunteers and staff are committed to creating a safe environment for children to grow and develop. The Safeguarding Trust policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children have a positive and enjoyable experience in a safe and child centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst participating in church related activities.

 Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council has conducted a specific written risk assessment and child safeguarding statement in line with:

  • Children First Act 2015
  • Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998
  • National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 and 2016
  • Children First Guidance 2017
  • Tusla Guidance on Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement.

 The Mandated Person for Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council is


 The Most Rev Patricia Storey,

Bishop of Meath and Kildare.                          Tel:  01-6289825


The Relevant Persons for Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council are

Rev William Seale                                              Tel: 046-929 3626

Rev Trevor Holmes                                            Tel: 01-6290182

Sharon Glynne                                                    Tel: 046-9054706

Sheelagh Bowers                                                Tel: 041-9827577

 The written risk assessment indicates the areas of potential harm, the likelihood of harm occurring, and lists the required policy, guidance, process and practice required to alleviate the risks.

 In addition to this service/activity risk assessment the following procedures are in place throughout Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council as part of our safeguarding policies and procedures as laid out in the church of Ireland Safeguarding Trust Policy:

  • Procedures for managing allegations of abuse or misconduct by clergy, volunteers or staff against a child availing of our services.
  • Procedures for the safe recruitment of volunteers or staff to work with children in our services.
  • Procedures to access child safeguarding training, including the identification and reporting of harm.
  • Procedures for reporting child protection and welfare concerns to Statutory Authorities.

Meath and Kildare Diocesan Council recognises that implementation is an on-going process – we are committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm and the risk of harm.

The Relevant Person for this Child Safeguarding Statement is:

Karen Seaman


 This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed in: September, 2020


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