Updated: 20/10/12 : 11:19:49Printable Version
The Fianna Fail Party have confirmed to SligoToday.ie
that they have established an internal action group to oppose the proposed discontinuation of Teacher Training at St Angela's College Sligo.
Established by the North Sligo and Sligo Strandhill Comhairle Ceantar, the group have been working closely with the authorities at St Angela's to offer assistance in resisting Government plans to transfer all teaching training activities from Sligo to NUI Galway.
Speaking on behalf of the Group Senator Marc Mac Sharry said, “our group, which includes party members with expertise in the business, academic, administrative and legislative fields has been liaising with the college, the HEA and department authorities to highlight the absurdity of the proposed move”.
Mac Sharry said “ The case for St Angela's speaks for itself. Academically, it is a The Centre of Excellence in the area of Home Economics Teacher Training. It is no coincidence that 100% of its graduates gain employment each year. Graduates are sought after and their prowess in this field is acknowledged the world over. Economically, an NUIG move would cost the exchequer significant outlay for the provision of specialist laboratory facilities that currently are not available in Galway, the transition of staff among other costs. Its importance to our regional economy is also critical not least the fact that this is the only constituent college of NUI north of that ever evident Dublin/Galway line.”
Above all the academic outcomes and economic realities demand that St Angela's continue as the Home Economics Teacher Training Centre of Excellence. The Fianna Fail St Angela's Action Group will work closely with the authorities to ensure that when the HEA implementation plan is published at the end of the year, St Angela's Teacher Training Centre of Excellence continues.