The present Fine Gael/Labour Government has announced that is to press ahead with halving the number of current Vocational Education Committees (VECs) across Ireland & to this end has published plans to reduce the current number of such establishments from 33 down to 16.
VEC’s provides a comprehensive range of educational services to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of learners throughout the country. Amongst these services the Committees provide Literacy Service and support Community as well as workplace education with County Councils, the Health Service Executive (H.S.E.), FÁS, and other agencies.
They also provide Youthreach and Youthreach Progression services, Vocational Training Opportunities Schemes (VTOS), Back To Education Initiatives (BTEI), A Schools Completion Programme, Traveller Education and an Adult Education Guidance and Information Service.
First muted in 2010 by Fianna Fáil’s Tánaiste and then Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, current Labour Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn has now stated that legislation to give effect to the changes was presently being prepared.
Co Tipperary’s currently run two VECs will now be combined into one, as part of these new changes, and overall national plans are expected to differ with regard to mergers planned by the previous government.
It has yet to be decided where the new headquarters of these newly configured VECs will be located.
St Ailbe’s Church, Emly.
Some of the ways to reduced energy costs in the home were highlighted by the Co Tipperary village of Emly, latter who represented Ireland in Brussels on June 28th last, to compete at the European Energy Neighbourhoods Competition against 15 other contending European countries.
Emly, who were represented by some of their successful 2009 Tidy Towns Committee, had emerged winners last May in the National Energy Saving Competition, successfully run by the Tipperary Energy Agency, having beaten other local communities representing Waterford, Cork and Galway, and all who were competing for the title of Ireland’s most energy efficient neighbourhood.
Mr Vincent Carragher, (Energy Manager at the Tipperary Energy Agency) together with Emly Tidy Towns Members then travelled to Brussels for last Friday’s ceremony and were adjudicated 6th place in the competition, with the eventual overall winning entry representing Greece.
The Emly group highlighted the best & most correct use of everyday labour saving utensils, like Water Immersions, Fridge Freezers, Dishwasher, Tumble dryers and Electric Kettles, on their list of Energy Savings tips.
Electric Ireland also lists these items as the top five ‘Energy Guzzlers,’ which when correctly utilised, can make such a massive financial saving to our domestic electrical costs.
The Late Tony Ryan
The Community Foundation for Ireland recently announced that the Tony Ryan Trust has established a fund to ‘Support children and young people in Tipperary to reach their full potential.’
The ‘Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary,’ has been established by the Tony Ryan Trust to give financial support to evidence based initiatives that support children and young people in County Tipperary enabling them to reach their full potential.
The core focus of this funding is to improve the life experience of Children and Young people living in County Tipperary. Funding of €1million has been committed and it is the intention that the funding will be disbursed over a two to three year time frame. The funding may include support for training of local trainers to implement agreed programmes.
The Fund will seek to ensure impact from its funding through supporting proposals that are backed by evidence & evaluation of effectiveness, have local champions who will drive the proposal and can show how the proposal will be sustained post this funding. Grants will be made to organisations or a consortium of organisations who meet the Fund’s Criteria.
Grants are now available for training of teachers and early year’s practitioners in County Tipperary for the training specified. There are two programmes which are open for applications at present; Incredible Years and High Scope. Closing date for both programmes is 5.00pm Friday July 19th 2013. Closing date for both is 5.00pm Friday July 19th 2013. To access an application form please click Here, noting that application is by email only.
Note: Non-profit organisations only may apply.
For information on the Grant Application process email email@example.com or Phone 01-8747354.
Thurles Credit Union have today announced the 2013 launch of their hugely successful Member’s Cash Draw.
The draw has been running since 2001. Initially, cars were the major prizes but a survey of the members showed that cash prizes are the preferred option of the thousands taking part and the decision to change to cash only prizes has proven extremely popular.
What Makes Thurles Credit Union Member’s Cash Draw Different ?
Well, for one thing, every euro taken in is given directly back out in prizes since there is no beneficiary other than the membership themselves, and there are no administration fees or charges. Add in the fact that entry to the draw costs less than €1 per week (€40 per Year), and that you can opt to have the entry fee taken from your savings in the Credit Union, and you have a trouble-free and painless method of taking part.
The draw will be held monthly at Credit Union House in Parnell Street, & will commence on June 29th next and is confined to members of the Credit Union.
If you are a Credit Union member and already taking part in the draw, there is no need to do anything now as you will be automatically entered into the new draw. However, if you are a member of the Credit Union and not entered into the draw but would like to be, then you need to complete an application form to do so. As stated, you don’t have to hand over any money, since payment is by deduction from your account, once your application has been accepted.
Application forms are available at the office in Parnell Street or in the sub-offices in Urlingford or Killenaule, together with the rules of the draw.
Caroline Egan Reports;
Gaelscoil Bhríde, located at Bothar Na Naomh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, are having a Gathering on the 14th of June (see poster above) of current and past pupils, family and friends, to raise much needed funds for the school.
Areas in need of funding are Information Technology (I.T.), Library Resources and Child safety.
The school with over 200 pupils, like many schools in Tipperary, now operates on a reduced budget, so please support this event.
Tickets costing €10 can be purchased directly from the school. (Tel: 0504-21497 )