Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fas under fire over funding

DON LAVERY

Published 05/09/2010 | 05:00

The board of Fas is to meet tomorrow to discuss the latest revelations of "suspected malpractice" in the running of some of its training courses.

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The board will meet for two days to discuss a number of issues, including irregularities found in some courses, after a nationwide review of training, run on behalf of the agency by external companies.

An internal Fas investigation uncovered evidence of "suspected malpractice" in the running of a number of its training courses. There was also the suggestion that results had been manipulated.

In a separate development, funding of Fas training courses by the European Commission has been suspended over issues relating to auditing procedures. More than €200m of funding is at stake.

A major political rift has also erupted between the leader of Ireland's trade union movement and a key member of the party it traditionally supports, the Labour Party, over the future of the scandal-hit state training agency.

Labour's Ruairi Quinn wants Fas closed down after a series of irregularities, but ICTU president Jack O'Connor rebuked him, saying that he was "completely wrong".

Sunday Independent

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