Went mad during good times

A TULLAMORE town councillor aired his concerns about the terms agreed with Offaly VEC over its long term leasing of Castle buildings.

A TULLAMORE town councillor aired his concerns about the terms agreed with Offaly VEC over its long term leasing of Castle buildings.

During the December Town Council meeting, the Town Councillors heard that the Minister for Education and Skills had replied to their recent motion on the amalgamation of Laois/Offaly VECs, which will see Tullamore lose its VEC headquarters to Portlaoise as part of restructuring moves by the Education Minister.

Fine Gael councillor, Tommy McKeigue voiced his concerns about the matter questioning whether people “went a bit mad during the good times” in agreeing the terms of the lease.

“I still have a major problem with the whole thing,” he said, expressing his doubts over the long lease entered into. “We have found ourselves in a predicament,” added Cllr McKeigue.

Meanwhile, Independent Cllr Sean O’Brien said the Minister’s letter “puts things in a new light”. Noting the forthcoming creation of the 16 Education and Training Boards throughout the country along with SOLAS, Cllr O’Brien said he “stills holds out hope that the training side of things could be in Tullamore”.

Fianna Fail councillor, Sinead Dooley, an Chathaoirleach, concurred that the town is ideally placed and suitable for the provision of training.