VEC merger will not happen until 2014

The proposed amalgamation of Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon VECs will not happen until 2014 according to Leitrim CEO John Blunnie.

The proposed amalgamation of Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon VECs will not happen until 2014 according to Leitrim CEO John Blunnie.

Mr Blunnie, the longest serving CEO in the country, said the merger of the county VEC with Longford and Roscommon is at least three years away. Mr Blunnie attended a meeting with CEOs and the Department of Education & Skills on Monday to discuss the proposed merger of VECs.

They were told by the Department that the legislation for the VEC mergers (a cut from 33 to 16 nationally) has not been passed through the Dail and it could be the middle of 2012 when that happens.

Mr Blunnie said following its passing there will be "two years to implement the mergers" and he suggested it could be at least 2014 before Leitrim in converged with Longford and Roscommon VECs.

He said the Department's first priority is to "fill the CEO vacancies" that exist around the country. As the only permanent CEO in the future regional grouping of Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon VEC John Blunnie has been mooted to be CEO over the three counties, but with retirement within reach of Mr Blunnie in next three years - the job will probably be up for grabs.

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