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The choice of Wexford over Waterford for the location of the newly merged regional Vocational Education Committee HQ was a 'finely balance one', the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn told a meeting of Waterford Co. Council, this week.

The Waterford Council members expressed anger and regret at the choice of Wexford as the new headquarters and called on the Minister to give his reasons for not selecting the South East's 'Gateway City' in the reduction of the number of VEC'S from 33 to 16.

In arriving at his decision the Education Minister considered a range of factors including the need to ensure that the new HQ would facilitate staff redeployment to the greatest extent possible within the context of the Croke Park Agreement, said Ronnie Ryan, Private Secretary to the Minister in a letter to Waterford Co. Council.

The Minister took into account the need to operate at ' lowest cost' having regard to the accommodation available in existing locations in Wexford and Waterford, he said.

'In terms of the key criteria of facilitating redeployment and accommodation costs the choice of locations for the HQ was a finely balanced one,' said Mr. Ryan.

'In the circumstances the Minister is satisfied that Wexford is the optimum HQ location for the newly merged VEC and it was felt important to maintain sub-offices in both Waterford and Dungarvan,' he added.
(Source: New Ross Standard)


The mother of a Bray schoolgirl who died after slipping from a train platform in Liverpool will pay tribute to her daughter in the Co Wicklow town, Tuesday.

Loreto student Georgia Varley (16) was killed instantly on October 22 in front of her horrified friends and passengers

Her mum Paula, who has been living here for the past three years, was devastated to travel to England to bury her precious daughter last month.

Georgia had been living with her father for 10 months when the tragedy happened. She had previously lived with her mum all her life, mostly in England, but also for two and half years, in Bray and Cabinteely.

Paula is now back home in Ireland and has been organizing Georgia's month mind Mass which will take place in the Church of the Holy Redeemer.

A procession with orange candles -- Georgia's favorite color -- is expected to be led across town in memory of the youngster, after the ceremony.
(Source: Evening Herald)