In a vote of confidence in Leitrim ETB staff and their work, the refurbished MCLETB office at St George’s Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon was officially opened by Joe McDonagh, last Friday, August 28.
Chief Executive of the Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board (ETB) Joe McDonagh did his last official function in Leitrim as he announced his retirement from the amalgamated board.
The Leitrim offices look beautiful with a welcoming reception, attractive colours inside and out and refurbished offices as well as modern elevators and updated rooms.
Cllr Mary Bohan, ETB board member, introduced the speakers and welcomed everyone to the event. She said it was a “great day for Leitrim ETB” and thanked the staff of the Carrick office. She said they had to work in difficult conditions for a long time.
Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council John McCartin welcomed everyone and said the refurbishment was a “vote of confidence for the work in Leitrim.”
Chairperson of the ETB Tereasa McGuire said it was a day to “acknowledge staff.” She said they help parents, teachers and students and keep the whole system running. She commented the Carrick office is now the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim ETB.
Bernadette Beirne, Head of Admin in Carrick-on-Shannon ETB office explained the building was a vocational school in 1937, a community school in 1994 and then became the VEC offices. She said it was a “happy and optimistic occasion.” She thanked the staff for their co-operation in moving off site and helping to clear out and re-organise the office.
CEO Joe Mc Donagh announced his retirement and said he was delighted to have his last official function in Leitrim. Mr McDonagh recalled the history of the VEC in Leitrim and the previous Chief Executive Officers over education and training in the county.
He noted there had been a fire in the building during renovations, but thankfully there were no injuries - so they got further funding for electrical works and insulation. He said they integrated educational services and now have Adult Literacy and Adult Guidance services in the building, giving the public a comprehensive service.
To contact Leitrim ETB call (071) 9620024.