Wednesday 29 March 2017

Substandard training cannot be tolerated

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

WHEN Solas's inaugural chairman Pat Delaney took up the role last year he freely admitted the new agency would have difficulty escaping the controversies of the past. "The new organisation has a job on its hands to walk away from its history," he told an Oireachtas committee.

That history included scandals involving foreign travel, extravagant spending and training course irregularities, all of which prompted the Government to dissolve FAS and distribute its functions to a number of State bodies.

One of these, newly created Solas, has been given responsibility for research, planning and funding training. The training itself is now being provided by education and training boards.

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