Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Second round of offers due this week from Teagasc

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Second round offers of agricultural college places will be made this week to disappointed students who were initially refused places by Teagasc.

As Teagasc college principals calculate how many extra students they can accommodate on courses this year, letters of offer will be sent to homes in the coming days.

Thirty potential new teachers have been selected from the 246 applicants who applied for the six new teaching positions in Teagasc.

These 30 people will be interviewed at Oak Park today, tomorrow and Thursday.


It is understood that the calibre of the 246 applicants was extremely high, so much so that even holders of Phd qualifications failed to progress to the interview stage.

The six successful interviewees will be formally offered teaching positions early next week, according to Teagasc education head Paddy Browne.

Meanwhile, it is understood that around seven Teagasc advisers have expressed interest in redeployment from the advisory service to colleges, but not all of these will be moved because of their geographic locations.

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It looks likely that the option of redeploying advisers to teaching colleges will be used mainly in the northern colleges of Ballyhaise, Mountbellew and Gurteen, where there is less pressure on the advisory service.

The six new teachers are more likely to be assigned to the southern colleges of Clonakilty, Kildalton and Pallaskenry.

Meanwhile, up to 80 expressions of interest have been received for the contracts to provide teaching to colleges, ahead of tomorrow's closing date.

The first complete tender was received by Teagasc on Friday, with at least 20 more expected before 5pm tomorrow.

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