28 October 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the new Monaghan education campus as a brilliant concept and a great decision for the people of County Monaghan when he visited the site of the new € 35 million development on Monday evening last.
Mr Kenny, a former member and chairman of Mayo VEC, said that the name of the new campus should be a brand of excellence so that students who pass through the facility could go anywhere in the world and say they had with them a brand of excellence from County Monaghan.
The Chief Executive Officer of County Monaghan Vocational Education Committee, Martin O’Brien, said it was fantastic to have a Taoiseach with them that had his finger on the pulse of vocational education in Ireland.
Mr O’Brien also commended Mr Kenny on his achievements in politics stating that excellence and success had to be acknowledged irrespective of one’s county or political persuasions.
The CEO presented a digital overview of the new development which he said was the first of its kind in Ireland and ideally placed to provide courses that would generate new industries and new economies. The building is expected to be completed in December 2012.
Mr Kenny was welcomed on his first official visit as Taoiseach to Monaghan by the chairman of Monaghan VEC John O’Brien.
The Taoiseach was accompanied by local FG TDs Heather Humphreys and Sean Conlon. The attendance included Caoimhghin O’Caolain TD, Declan Kelly, project director, Sisk; Brendan O Duffaigh, Principal Colaiste Oiriall, Martha Williamson Hunter, Principal Beech Hill College; Dr Fiona McGrath, Monaghan Institute of Further Education and Training; Colr Sean Conlon, Chairman, Garage Theatre Board of Management as well as members of Monaghan VEC, Monaghan Town Council and Monaghan County Council.
Apologies were received from Brendan Smith TD, colr Owen Bannigan and Rosaleen O,Hanlon.
Colr O’Brien thanked the CEO and everyone involved in getting the project to this stage – the previous government under Brian Cowen for getting the ball rolling and the current government under the stewardship of Enda Kenny for keeping it firmly in the playing field.
He said the VEC were putting and education system in place that would serve the county for many generations.
“This is a major investment and is warmly welcomed by the people of Monaghan,” colr O’Brien said, thanking Mr Kenny for his commitment to the project and the further education of students in county Monaghan.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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