Department
accused of dictating and nitpicking ETB

Drumkeerin Councillor Mary Bohan accused the Department of Education of “trying to dictate” and nitpicking at the new ETB.

Drumkeerin Councillor Mary Bohan accused the Department of Education of “trying to dictate” and nitpicking at the new ETB.

CEO Joe McDonagh told the committee that the department wrote to ask ETBs to limit their meetings to just six a year but he said “we need to manage our business.” The CEO said he would like to continue to rotate the meetings between the three counties, the next meeting will be held in Carrick in November.

Cllr Mary Bohan said she was “disgusted” at the department’s letter. She said she found the wording “high handed, after they threw three counties together without any consultation.”

Joe McDonagh also called for an urgent ICT solution for the merged entities. He said what the department is asking them to do is “impossible” unless they provide the resources.

Cllr Martin Kenny asked that all schools in the ETB region be notified about the new court judgement in the procurement process that came about from a case Ballinamore business O’Rourke Office Supplies were involved in. He said schools can now buy products that are cheaper and of greater quality from their own local suppliers.

The CEO Joe McDonagh said he would write to the department to seek clarification on the issue and to see “where the judgement has travelled.”