VECs are replaced
The most significant overhaul of the Irish educational infrastructure for decades happened quietly yesterday when 16 new Education and Training Boards (ETBs) came into legal effect replacing 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs).
The ETBs will have additional functions to those of the VECs and will be assigned the current FAS training functions. The Irish Vocational Education Association (IVEA) will be renamed the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI).
WI-FI FOR PRISONERS
PRISONERS may soon be able to further their education from their cell bunks. The authorities are exploring the potential of installing a Wi-Fi service in some prisons.
But, if it is introduced, inmates will not be allowed to access the internet and would have a more limited service purely for educational purposes. If the move gets the go-ahead, it is likely to be given a trial on a pilot basis in an area with no security risks.
&EURO;40M RESEARCH HUB
A university is the main location for a new €40m research centre which will see many of the world's pharmaceutical giants collaborate for the first time.
The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) at the University of Limerick will conduct research into how drugs are manufactured and will support 90 highly skilled jobs over the next six years.
Tragic family burial
A FAMILY discovered dead from gunshot wounds at their home in Spain are to be laid to rest in Ireland. Briton Philip Wood (56), his Irish wife Sheila (54) and daughter Sophie (27) were found dead at their home in Mijas on the Costa Del Sol last week.
It is believed the family were struggling financially before they died in a suspected suicide pact. Mr Wood is expected to be laid to rest alongside his wife and daughter at Shanganagh Cemetery in Dublin early next week.
FIRST it was Killarney – now horse nappies are about to be introduced to the Aran Islands as the local council seeks to get jarvies to clean up their act.
The nappies, or dung-catchers, are among a series of proposals being prepared by Galway County Council for operators of all horse-drawn carriages using the public roads. While the new regulations will apply county-wide when passed, they are being specifically targeted at the Aran Islands off the west coast.