IVEA Expresses Satisfaction at School Patronage Designation
As patrons of the multi-belief Community National Schools our member VECs broadly welcome Minister Quinn’s announcement today that he will issue a White Paper on Pluralism and Patronage in Primary Schools in early 2013.
The announcement today by Minister Ruari Quinn that 4 VECs (Co. Dublin VEC, Co. Kildare VEC, Co. Galway VEC, Co. Meath VEC) have been designated as patrons of 4 new second level schools to open in 2013, in new and expanding areas (Lusk, Co. Dublin, Claregalway, Co. Galway, Naas, Co. Kildare, Navan, Co. Meath) has been welcomed by IVEA as a vote of confidence in VECs’ capacity to develop and manage top-class second level schools.
In addition, the fact that 4 VECs (Co. Cork VEC, Co. Kildare VEC, Co. Louth VEC, Co. Meath VEC) have been designated as patrons of 5 new schools to open in 2014 in Carrigaline, Co. Cork, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Drogheda/Dundalk, Co. Louth and Ashbourne, Co. Meath is a commitment to the future of VECs as they are reformed into Education and Training Boards (ETBs) in the months ahead.
Congratulating the VECs concerned, IVEA General Secretary Michael Moriarty says; “The VEC sector needed a boost in this time of transformation and upheaval and this announcement is very welcome as it demonstrates the Minister’s on-going commitment to the VEC sector as they are re-structuring into ETBs. The capacity of VECs and their chief executive officers to lead the development of new schools has been demonstrated as the sector continues to expand to meet the growing and diverse needs of an expanding population. IVEA expects this commitment to VEC patronage to be maintained in the future at both first and second levels as VECs/ETBs can offer significant supports to schools at both developmental and operational levels.”