A school principal has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the Minister for Education from dismissing her from Kilkenny VEC.

Catherine McSorley, of Annamult, Bennetsbridge, Co Kilkenny, has also been granted leave to mount a legal challenge into the findings of an inquiry into her conduct as a school principal.

Ms McSorley claims the decision last month to terminate her employment as principal of Kilkenny VEC was based on a ‘fatally flawed and unsound report’.

The High Court was told that the interim report had exonerated her on all six matters ordered by the minister to be investigated in a statutory inquiry in 2006.

However she claims a further eight matters were also wrongly included in the investigation and three of these were held against her.

The original investigation sanctioned by the minister concerned allegations of payments to pupils for attending school.

It also investigated the organisation and administration of the school's human resource management, allegations about failure to apply disciplinary policy, alleged bullying of staff, the administration of the roll book, and a foreign trip by the school in 2001.

The case returns to court next month.