Tuesday, 4 April 1995
Dáil Éireann Debate
125. Mr. McGrath asked the Minister for Education if Westmeath Vocational Education Committee recently purchased property at Ballymacarrigy, County Westmeath; the date of purchase; the price paid; if sanction for this transaction was given by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6930/95]
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): A property was purchased in July 1992 for £9,000 by County Westmeath vocational education committee in Ballynacargy to provide a Youthreach training programme for unqualified early school leavers. The purpose of the purchase was to enable Youthreach trainees to acquire relevant training and work experience in renovating the site.
I should add that a range of issues relating to the conduct of the affairs of County Westmeath vocational education committee was put to the acting chief executive officer for comment prior to my deciding on the appropriate course of action to be followed. As part of this process it has proved necessary to seek clarification of some points made by the acting chief executive officer in his initial response. This aspect is at an advanced stage and I expect to be in a position to make an announcement on the matter shortly.
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