15 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A strong conviction was articulated at Monday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee that the new Monaghan Institute development now active on the Knockaconny campus could play a pivotal role in the revitalisation of the local economy by meeting the training needs of existing and new industry and enterprise.

The argument – which crystallised in a proposal to invite leading officials of the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to discuss how the facility could assist economic development in the area – was given momentum by a tour of the new Institute building, which the Committee enjoyed prior to their discussion.

As Institute Director Dr Fiona McGrath conducted the VEC party through the superbly appointed premises, members got a vivid sense of the breadth and quality of the course choice and facilities on offer to those pursuing further educational accreditation there.
Later, welcoming Dr McGrath to the VEC’s monthly meeting, which took place in the new structure, Committee Chairperson Joe McGrath thanked Dr McGrath for conducting the earlier tour of “this extremely fine building”.

He congratulated and commended the Director and her staff on turning what had been a mere building two weeks ago into a working college this morning, and extended best wishes and good luck to the staff in their new facilities.

Addressing the meeting, Dr McGrath said it was her great pleasure to welcome the CEO and the Committee to the new Monaghan Institute building. Having these new facilities was “like a dream come true”, and she could not really …

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