A major server crash in the system of North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee caused consternation last week with a number of difficulties arising when it came to paying wages, The Tipperary Star can reveal.
Staff at the VEC, including Finance Officer Mr Liam McGrath, worked round the clock to try and solve the problem which resulted in about 362 Euro being lost from a payment drop of 320,000 Euro.
Mr McGrath told members of the VEC at the monthly meeting in Roscrea this week that investigations are still ongoing to try and ascertain how the crash came about, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
“It was not a happy place to be I can tell you and the thing is we don’t know what caused the crash. We are trying to figure it out but we were unable to pay a lot of payments as usual and were forced to pay 290 staff members and 120 trainees manually, which was quite an undertaking. Everyone will get paid what is due to them and I have asked people to be patient so that we can sort everything out for them. We lost just 362 Euro out of 320,000 Euro, spread over 40 staff members, so all in all it wasn’t too bad, but it could have been a lot worse. Thankfully, we didn’t lose any data when the server crashed, but I suppose it does show us how vulnerable we can be when technology goes wrong,” Mr McGrath said.
Chairman Mr Willie Kennedy thanked Mr McGrath for the huge efforts he and the staff went to in order the get the payments made and to try and solve the problem. It was important, he said, that payments be made on time in so far as was possible, as everyone has commitment to meet each week.
Chief Executive Officer Mr David Leahy said that there was huge pressure on the VEC last week when the crash happened and he described it as being “scary”. However, he too paid tribute to Mr McGrath and the staff and said that they worked very hard to sort out the problems.
Meanwhile the Finance Officer informed members that 21 million Euro has been spent to date in the current year by the VEC with 5 million of this in captial projects. The summer months had been quiet, he reported, in terms of spending, but that will pick up again now with the schools back in full swing.