Move of key Limerick VEC office out of city predicted

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

ity vocational education committee says he believes the service will move out to Dooradoyle next year.

ity vocational education committee says he believes the service will move out to Dooradoyle next year.

Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, who chaired the education training administrator for 11 years, says that following contact with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, he believes the service will be based in Dooradoyle come next year.

Mr Quinn is to reduce the number of VECs to 16 next year, and reform them as Educational Training Boards.

This includes the merger of the VEC boards in Co Clare, Co Limerick and Limerick City. Initially, the decision on where to locate was to be made by all committees.

But Mr Quinn has said the decision will now rest in the hands of Co Limerick VEC chief excecutive Sean Bourke, as it is he who is taking the reigns at the new merged body.

Cllr O’Hanlon believes this means it is certain the service will reeside in Dooradoyle.

“I am extremely disappointed, particularly with the Labour party and Jan O’Sullivan. There has been a load of talk and no action. Yet, we can see other ministers in other constituencies fast-tracking millions to our hospitals, while we are getting the fast tracking of closures by Fine Gael and Labour. We are losing our VEC heacdquarters, and the business community will regret this move very much,” he said, “It shows scant regard for local democracy. It is disappointing for the city, and those who use the VEC.”

In a reply to a Dail question from Deputy Willie O’Dea, Mr Quinn added: “We will be receptive to any reasonable and sensible arrangements that are the best fit for the needs of the areas served by the new board. My department will not be forcing any one-size-fits-all approach to staff deployment and office accommodation.”