North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee has gained assurances from four of the candidates in the General Election that they will make every effort to have the process of amalgamating the authority with Clare VEC put back until after the election when a full and comprehensive review can take place.
Deputies Maire Hoctor (FF) and Noel Coonan (FG) were joined by MEP Alan Kelly (Labour) and Councillor Seamie Morris (Sinn Fein) at a meeting of the VEC in Templemore this week when they pledged their support to a call for a review of the amalgamation process mooted by the McCarthy Report and An Bord Snip Nua. The amalgamation has been branded “ nonsensical and lunacy” by members of North Tipperary VEC who have stringently fought the proposals from the outset and suggested that there are other methods of money saving rather than amalgamating. Cllr Micheal Lowry who represented Deputy Michael Lowry also supported the call.
The four candidates were given an opportunity to address the VEC by Chairman, former Councillor Willie Kennedy. And, it was MEP Alan Kelly who suggested that there are other methods of saving the 3 million Euro rather than engaging in amalgamations. He also stated that the Labour party did not support the propoal to reduce the VEC’s to sixteen - a move which goes way beyond An Bord Snips proposal of 22.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.