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

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

    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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    Good!

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

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureTaoiseach View Post
    Wonder will it be another HSE with no actual downsizing of staff.
    What s/he said... +10
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    Donegal must be huge!!!

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    What's a VEC do??

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