Mixed views on VEC merger

THE view that only Laois and Offaly VECs should be merged, rather than a three county merger with Westmeath, has been expressed by the Standing Council of the Irish Vocational Education Association.

THE view that only Laois and Offaly VECs should be merged, rather than a three county merger with Westmeath, has been expressed by the Standing Council of the Irish Vocational Education Association.

This was announced by Cllr Eamon Dooley, Cathaoirleach, Offaly VEC, at last week’s meeting.

He said that the new government was not likely to reverse plans announced by the previous government to reduce to 16 the number of VECs, and in fact it was possible it might be down to 15.

Mr Edward McEvoy, Acting CEO, said that there had to be legislation to facilitate the merger and this was expected to be enacted before the end of the year. Mr Tom Feighery noted that there had been suggestions of a Longford-Westmeath merger and asked why a four county structure, similar to that of the Midland Regional Authority, had not been introduced.