18 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The challenges and opportunities presented by a period of radical change in the education system were looked forward to by teachers’ union representative Joe McGrath when he was elected the new Chairperson of Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee on Monday.
Mr McGrath, who was outgoing Vice-Chairperson of the body, pledged to work with his colleagues to make the transition to the new Monaghan/Cavan Education and Training Board structure a success and to assist in the successful coming into being later this month of the VEC’s new Education Campus project at Knockaconny. He also identified as a priority the acquisition of third level courses at the Monaghan Institute, which will form part of the campus development.
Mr McGrath, a member of the teaching staff of Inver College in Carrickmacross, was elected unanimously to succeed Sinn Féin councillor Matt Carthy as the Committee adhered to its practice of rotating the position of Chair among the political and independent groupings that comprise its membership.
Castleblayney Town Councillor Sean McCooey was appointed to the Vice-Chair.
Mr McGrath was proposed for the position of Chairperson by his fellow member of the independent grouping on the Committee Pat McKenna, who said that Joe had acquitted himself very admirably in the Vice-Chair in the previous year and had qualities which were second to none.
The nomination was seconded by Rosaleen O’Hanlon, who said she had no doubt Joe would be an excellent Chairperson, and wished him all the best.
There were no other proposals and Mr McGrath was deemed elected.
John O’Brien proposed Sean McCooey for the position of Vice-Chairperson, pointing out that Sean had been a VEC member since 1995. In addition to his 18 years of service on the Committee, he had been on the Board of Management of Castleblayney College for the same period …

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