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    JUST 12 trainees have completed courses at a €6.7m Fás college which opened at the start of the year, prompting the Dáil’s Public Accounts watchdog (PAC) to launch an investigation.

    The state employment agency, which has already come under fire due to rampant overspending and the severance deal paid to its former director general Rody Molloy, confirmed the Mount Lucas centre in Offaly has only taken in 12 students so far for courses which run for a maximum of 12 weeks.

    The centre, which is based on 33 acres a few miles outside Tullamore in Co Offaly, has no access to public transport. The moratorium on public sector hiring means there is only one lecturer working in the facility.

    The chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Fine Gael Deputy Bernard Allen, said the PAC would be investigating the cost and operation of the centre.

    "These are complaints that have come to my attention and they will be investigated by the PAC," he said.

    Mr Allen said the PAC would probe not just the Mount Lucas facility but also "other Fás investments in this county".
    The sod was turned on the Mount Lucas facility, in Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s constituency, in October 2007 and was handed over to Fás in March of this year. It has cost €6.7m so far, paid in three tranches, but still requires a canteen/dining area and an area for drying clothes, Fás said. It has capacity for 50 trainees a day, but so far just 12 trainees have completed courses.

    Those courses are related to the construction industry, such as for construction plant operators, but other courses intended for the facility include health and safety and environmental courses which will run from one to 12 weeks in duration.

    A spokesperson for Fás said the facility is still not fully commissioned and that it will pay its way over the next few years.
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    Offaly comes up once again in relation to FAS, how strange.

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    Why id they build this centre without providing public access?

    Who owned the land? What was paid for it?

    Did Cowen use FAS as a slush fund to get money into his constituency?
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    More construction courses provided by FAS.

    FAS needs to be closed as can't think it has any public confidence left. Merge community programs and welfare related work into the Dept of Social Welfare.

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    Is this the same site Ger Killally was involved with? I'm not familiar with Mount Lucas. Anyone in Offaly know if the Fás facility is built on the same site as the old briquette factory?

    Mr Killally confirmed that apart from the two law suits currently before the courts, there is at least one other pending in January. In this other case he is ranged against a consortium and there are allegations surrounding the purchase of 35 acres at the former briquette factory site in Mount Lucas.
    The Taoiseach's brother, Barry Cowen, a council colleague of Mr Killally, is sympathetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    Who owned the land? What was paid for it?
    A lot of questions in your post - I suggest we should stick with these two (or even just the first of them) as they'll probably provide answers to the others!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsAnneThrope View Post
    Ger Killally[/URL]


    ger killaly - brian cowens running mate in the previous to last General Election

    note the sly mouth and lazy eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    Did Cowen use FAS as a slush fund to get money into his constituency?
    FF use everything at their disposal to channel money to Laois/Offaly.
    There is a reason why there is a huge FF vote in this constituency.The constituency has been bribed in to voting for Fianna Fail.
    Laois\Offaly is like Northern Ireland - shaped by wealth transfer from Central Government.

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    Offaly seems to be a cesspit of the highest order; you'd think the Taoiseach of the land would have his own backyard under control

    tut tut
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    In a functioning democracy this would be a major scandal.

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