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VEC members voice concerns over raising of pupil teacher ratios for PLC courses

At the December meeting of the Mayo Vocational Education Committee this week a number of the members raised their concerns about the raising of the pupil to teacher ratios for PLC courses as part of this year’s Budget. Dr Katie Sweeney CEO of Mayo VEC told that under the new budget proposals one of the most worrying items was the increase in pupil teacher ratios for PLC course from 17 to one, to 19 to one. She read out a letter from the Irish Vocational Education Association (IVEA) that has been sent to the Minister for Education Ruari Quinn objecting to the increase and the outcomes.

Killocraun's drummers to feature on Late Late Toy Show

The drumming band from Killocraun National School, Crossmolina, are to perform on the Late Late Toy Show on Friday November 30.

Merchants Quay Ireland reopens Open Door Homeless and Drugs Services

Merchants Quay Ireland, officially reopened their Open Door Homeless and Drugs Service in Athlone today.

A new chapter for T O’hUiginn, where all are welcome

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After more than 70 years as a builders’ providers T O’hUiginn in Shantalla has built up a wealth of experience, becoming a leading supplier of building materials and products, but this year it took a new direction, renovating the store with the aim of becoming much more retail-friendly, a place where now everyone, not just industry professionals, can come and benefit from expert advice and top quality products in everything from timber and cement to paints, stoves, bathrooms, and other household products.

VEC chair warns that new student grant system might not be better

The completion of the final stages of the Student Support Bill in the Houses of Oireachtas this week means a change in the way Mayo student grants are applied for and processed, with a central grant body to assess and award grants, rather than Mayo County Council or Mayo VEC.

Protect recreational land in Knocknacarra and Rahoon says Connolly

Land reserved for recreational purposes and an access road to Colaiste na Coiribe must be left out of a proposal to hand back residentially zoned land in Knocknacarra/Rahoon to a central body.

TDs must work together to secure school for Claregalway says Grealish

All Galway West TDs must work together to ensure that the new school for Claregalway can be opened in September 2011.

Nolan condemns ‘unthinking’ bureaucracy which cost VEC training places

Thirty training places at the city of Galway VEC’s Sandy Road training centre have been lost due to “unthinking and illogical bureaucracy” according to Labour councillor Derek Nolan.

No deal with Gavin for supporting Guthrie for VEC post

The Fine Gael party in Castlebar has not made any deal with Fianna Fáil councillor Blackie Gavin to get him to support former town councillor Kevin Guthrie’s appointment to a vacant post on Mayo VEC, according to Cllr Ger Deere. The post, which was vacated by Fine Gael councillor Noreen Heston when she resigned from the VEC in March, was filled by former Mayor of Castlebar, Kevin Guthrie, on Tuesday night when he beat fellow nominee Tony Deffley by five votes to four in council chamber. “I can categorically deny that any deal has been done with Cllr Gavin in relation to him supporting Kevin Guthrie for the post in the VEC,” Cllr Deere said. “He made up his own mind in relation to it and thinks Kevin Guthrie is the best person for the position.”

Heston calls for modernisation of ‘highly politicised’ VEC

Fine Gael councillor Noreen Heston has resigned from Mayo VEC in order to focus on her work with local residents in the town. In her resignation letter she stressed that she wanted to concentrate on “my core responsibilities as a member of Castlebar Town Council and, especially, my work with residents’ associations”.

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