Ministers 'acting like FF' over location of VEC HQs
Government backbencher John Deasy has accused ministers of "behaving like Fianna Fail" in deciding the locations of new headquarters for the country's vocational education committees (VECs).
A halving of the number of VECS from 33 to 16 is a cost-cutting exercise, forcing the closure of administrative offices in a number of major county towns. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn announced the locations for the new headquarters last night.
In one example, Mr Deasy's home county of Waterford has been merged with Wexford, which is the choice for the new headquarters, with sub-offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan. The Fine Gael TD last night queried Wexford as the choice, claiming that it did not fit the criteria for the most suitable location.
The new headquarter locations are City of Cork and Co Cork VEC (greater Cork city area); Co Dublin and Dun Laoghaire (Tallaght, Dublin 24); Limerick city and county and Clare (greater Limerick city area); Tipperary (Nenagh, with Clonmel sub-office); Wexford and Waterford (Wexford with Waterford City and Dungarvan sub-offices); city and county Galway and Roscommon (Athenry with Roscommon sub-office); Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim (Castlebar with Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon sub-offices); Cavan and Monaghan (Monaghan with Cavan sub-office); Louth and Meath (Drogheda); Longford and Westmeath (Mullingar); Laois and Offaly (Portlaoise); Kildare and Wicklow (Naas with Wicklow sub-office); Kilkenny and Carlow (Carlow)
No merger is involved in City of Dublin, Donegal or Kerry and the headquarters remain unchanged.