Work progresses on Leitrim VEC schools

At last month’s Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Educational Training Board (ETB) meeting in Sligo the committee heard a number of works are progressing at Leitrim schools.

At last month’s Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Educational Training Board (ETB) meeting in Sligo the committee heard a number of works are progressing at Leitrim schools.

Chief Executive Joe McDonagh said he was delighted to see work had started on the soil based playing pitch at Mohill Community College. He said the roof work has been completed at Carrigallen Vocational School and he announced the contractor for the extension at Carrigallen Vocational School is Barry Kiernan. He said blockwork has started on the extension and the new rooms should be completed by May 2014.

Padraig Bohan has been selected as contractor for the new engineering room at Drumshanbo Vocational School. Work is expected to start shortly along with the gas works.

Leitrim County Council have granted planning for the Autism Special Unit room at Drumshanbo Vocational School.

At Lough Allen College, contractor Paddy McManus will commence repair works there and planning permission for an extension at the college is due to be submitted to Leitrim County Council this week.

Cllr Francie Gilmartin welcomed the works at Drumshanbo Vocational School.

He said the school has 56 new pupils starting this year, 40 VTOS students and 54 PLC students. He congratulated the school on their achievements.

CEO Joe McDonagh said there has been a “level of interest” in unused properties owned by former Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo VECs. He said that he wished to conduct a “comprehensive audit of all properties in the region” with the possibility of developing some of them into training centres into the future.

He asked for approval for a stay to be put on all property sales in the ETB until after the property report is reviewed.

A replacement for the role of a Leitrim Community on the new ETB committee is currently being sought. The late Margaret O’Rourke from Drumkeerin who held the role for a number of years, died suddenly in July.

The appointment will be filled through Leitrim County Council.