McLellan : bill could bring closure to FÁS scandal
February 28, 2013
Speaking in Dáil Eireann, the Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Sandra McLellan welcomed the Further Education and Training Bill and described it as “part of a systematic effort to implement unprecedented reforming measures that will hopefully streamline and improve further education.”
Under the bill a broad range of functions will be assigned to a newly established education and training authority An tSeirbhis Oideachais Leanunaig agus Scileanna (SOLAS) which will be responsible for coordinating and funding further education and training.
With regard to SOLAS Deputy McLellan said she hoped “it would bring closure to one of the worst scandals arising from the workings of a government state body namely FÁS, since the foundation of the state.”
SOLAS is part of a reform agenda that is designed to revitalise the further education sector and enhance the state’s labour market activism.
However Deputy McLellan said it was of “paramount importance that the long term unemployed and other socially disadvantaged groups have equality of opportunity when it comes to accessing further education and that in this respect FET has a key role to play in tackling disadvantage.”