Principal of Drumshanbo Vocational School, Martin Fallon was the recommended person for the role of Acting CEO of Leitrim VEC following the retirement of John Blunnie. His appointment was approved by the VEC members.
Mr Blunnie told the VEC members on Monday that there were three applications for the job, but Mr Fallon was the “agreed candidate” who received “the respect of the rest of the principals.”
Mr Fallon accepted the post by signing the contract and relevant “transfer of power” papers. He told the members be was “very grateful to accept the post.”
It was outlined that the post is “temporary” and Mr Fallon’s contract is renewed on a “month by month” basis depending on the timescale of the VEC merger with Mayo and Sligo.
When Mr Fallon’s post is revoked he will then return to his role as Principal in Drumshanbo VS. In his absence, Sean Wynne will take over as Acting Principal of Drumshanbo VS.
Damien Brennan was first to lead the congratulations to Martin Fallon, all of the members wished him well in the new post with Cllr Stenson commenting “although you are a Roscommon man, I know you will put Leitrim first in everything.”
Damien Brennan then went on to compliment outgoing CEO John Blunnie who he said “transformed vocational education in Leitrim.”
Mr Brennan said John Blunnie was a “man of vision” an “eternal optimist” with a “tenacity to keep pressure of the Department of Education.” He wished him every happiness in retirement with his wife Ann and family.
Cllr Enda McGloin paid a special tribute to Mr Blunnie who he said “served teachers, students and the general public” as well as ensuing Leitrim had the “highest standard in education.” Cllr Gilmartin said Mr Blunnie was “the most educated, wise and helpful person I have worked with in over 20 years.”
A special presentation was made to John Blunnie and his wife Ann in The Bush Hotel on Monday night, February 27. Past and present members of Leitrim VEC and staff of the VEC attended and Mr Blunnie was graced with a standing ovation by his peers.