Blow as new VEC offices go to Carlow

THE decision to site the head offices of the new Carlow-Kilkenny VEC in Carlow town has been described as dreadful and ill-thought out by Department of Education officials.

THE decision to site the head offices of the new Carlow-Kilkenny VEC in Carlow town has been described as dreadful and ill-thought out by Department of Education officials.

Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh, chairwoman of County Kilkenny VEC, was reacting to news that 14 people employed in the head office of County Kilkenny VEC at Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny will have to move to Carlow as a result of the merger of Carlow and Kilkenny VECs.. She finds the decision difficult to accept because Kilkenny VEC is classed as a medium sized VEC while Carlow is classed as a small VEC.

“There is nothing we can do now but prevail on the Department to put a sub-office in Kilkenny,” she said. It means that current CEO of County Kilkenny VEC, Eileen Curtis, who is on a temporary contract, will go back to her old job as head of adult education in Kilkenny VEC.

Cllr Cavanagh said that she expects that at least two employees with Kilkenny VEC will remain in Kilkenny, the IT officer for all the Kilkenny schools and the youth officer for the county.

And in a separate development, it looks as if the full High Court hearing into principal of Kilkenny City Vocational School, Cathy McSorley’s request for a judicial review of the decision by the Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn to fire her will be heard in November.