VECs to be restructured - reducing number of them from 33 to 16

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Plans just announced by the Department of Education and Skills will see the number of VECs (Vocational Education Committees) reduced from 33 to 16.

The new VECs will be merged into the new following regions:

  • Co. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Galway and Co. Galway
  • City of Cork
  • Co. Cork
  • City of Limerick, Co. Limerick and Co. Kerry
  • City of Waterford, Co. Waterford and Tipperary South Riding
  • Donegal
  • Wexford and Wicklow
  • Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare
  • Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
  • Louth and Meath
  • Cavan and Monaghan
  • Mayo and Sligo
  • Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford
  • Clare and Tipperary North Riding

This decision is part of the overall Government agenda to transform how our public services are delivered. This consolidation ensures that each of the 16 VECs will be organisations of sufficient scale to support the evolution of local education service delivery and to meet future challenges.

VECs have traditionally demonstrated a flexibility and responsiveness to changing and emerging needs. I see these changes as strengthening the sector for the undoubted challenges that lie ahead and positioning our VECs as key providers of education services locally.
An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan TD, Minister for Education and Skills.

The Irish Vocational Education Association said earlier that the plans were "regrettable" calling the decision a "bad day for local democracy" but that they had "reluctantly accepted" them.
 


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No doubt, to pay those nice foreign bankers more money.
 

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It would be better if the Cork City VEC also covered the city's outer suburbs, but that opens a whole other can of worms.
 

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Wonder will it be another HSE with no actual downsizing of staff. :roll:
 

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Wonder will it be another HSE with no actual downsizing of staff.
I've done some contract work for VECs and believe you me they are up there with the HSE when it comes to people sitting around doing nothing.
 
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VEC's

Can somebody please explain to me why in Dublin we needed Dun Laoghaire VEC, County Dublin VEC, Dublin VEC and Fingal County VEC in the first place? Now we've been told that County Dublin and Dun Laoghaire are to merge together - but that means we've still got three VEC's. Surely one administrative VEC to cover the whole of the Dublin area is more than suffice....

And in typical Irish fashion, each VEC will probably still retain their local offices in each of the former 33 areas, so while the administrative VEC's may technically be reduced, the offices will be still there with all the usual overheads and staff costs!
 

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Plans just announced by the Department of Education and Skills will see the number of VECs (Vocational Education Committees) reduced from 33 to 16.

The new VECs will be merged into the new following regions:

  • Co. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Galway and Co. Galway
  • City of Cork
  • Co. Cork
  • City of Limerick, Co. Limerick and Co. Kerry
  • City of Waterford, Co. Waterford and Tipperary South Riding
  • Donegal
  • Wexford and Wicklow
  • Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare
  • Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
  • Louth and Meath
  • Cavan and Monaghan
  • Mayo and Sligo
  • Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford
  • Clare and Tipperary North Riding

An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan TD, Minister for Education and Skills.

The Irish Vocational Education Association said earlier that the plans were "regrettable" calling the decision a "bad day for local democracy" but that they had "reluctantly accepted" them.
That is a good start,but it would be even better if there was a reduction in staff.That will never happen because of the unions.
 

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Donegal to remain untouched by this funny enough. mOre of it.
 

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Saves €3 Million? Well done that will fund 30 minutes worth of Total Bank losses that are happening every day.
 

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Surprise ,Surprise, Donegal remains one. Home of Education Minister, Calamity Coughlan. It could have been merged with Sligo, or Leitrim. Pork barrel politcs at work.
 

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Plans just announced by the Department of Education and Skills will see the number of VECs (Vocational Education Committees) reduced from 33 to 16.

The new VECs will be merged into the new following regions:

  • Co. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Galway and Co. Galway
  • City of Cork
  • Co. Cork
  • City of Limerick, Co. Limerick and Co. Kerry
  • City of Waterford, Co. Waterford and Tipperary South Riding
  • Donegal
  • Wexford and Wicklow
  • Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare
  • Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
  • Louth and Meath
  • Cavan and Monaghan
  • Mayo and Sligo
  • Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford
  • Clare and Tipperary North Riding

An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan TD, Minister for Education and Skills.

The Irish Vocational Education Association said earlier that the plans were "regrettable" calling the decision a "bad day for local democracy" but that they had "reluctantly accepted" them.
Is there some reason being offered in justifacition for Donegal not being merged with say Leitrim? Or is it just coincidence that the minister is from donegal?
 

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That is a good start,but it would be even better if there was a reduction in staff.That will never happen because of the unions.
Agreed, we could do with a few more unemployed and a little less consumer spending.

If VEC administrative services are being reduced, rather than firing people, we could look at redeployment.
 
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What are

What's a VEC do??
They are vocational educational committees and across Ireland there are a number of VEC run schools who provide second and third level educational programmes. Night courses, community education courses, back to education initiatives, adult education and literacy also come under the VEC umbrella. VEC run schools are public funded and are non-denominational, as far as I can remember.
 

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Surprise ,Surprise, Donegal remains one. Home of Education Minister, Calamity Coughlan. It could have been merged with Sligo, or Leitrim. Pork barrel politcs at work.
Its the only county in Ireland without a city that is being maintained. Shocking.
 

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Typical NIMBY politics from sweary Mary. Have FF learned nothing? This continuation of parish pump politics cannot continue while Ireland gets sucked down the drain.

Sweary Mary should get a good slap in the head for this. There is absolutely no good reason for Donegal to stand alone and not be merged with another VEC other than shes decided she wants it this way.

It will be interesting to see what the nett savings are!!
 


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