A Teaching Council hearing against a teacher who was convicted three years ago of charges of theft and fraud from his school has said it will complete a report before deciding on sanctions and the issue of fitness to teach.

The online hearing heard that Fionbar Ó Baoill, who was the principal of Kilnaleck National School in Co Cavan, was convicted in 2018 on a number of charges related to the theft of more than €200,000 from the school and from payments from the Department of Social Protection that were intended to pay for a school meals scheme.

The Teaching Council has jurisdiction to decide sanctions against registered teachers on a number of grounds including, in certain circumstances, convictions.

Mr Ó Baoill was initially given a suspended sentence but on appeal this was changed to 15 months in prison.

Mr Ó Baoill, who the fitness to teach hearing heard has an address in Ballybofey in Co Donegal, was not present at today’s session.

The hearing heard that he was 28 when the offending began.

It also heard that he had pleaded guilty to the charges in court, and that at a preliminary hearing of the council held earlier this year had unreservedly accepted the allegations against him.

The panel found that the allegations against Mr Ó Baoill had been proven and may affect his fitness to teach.

It said it would complete a report before deciding on sanctions and the issue of fitness to teach.