Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has criticised the Government for approving and setting about implementing a report which may ultimately result in the loss of services in St. Patrick’s College in Thurles.
The Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland has recommended drastic changes to the structure of teacher training colleges across the country to the detriment of St. Patricks.
Deputy Lowry explained - “The report recommends the closure and amalgamation of the 19 teacher training facilities to create 6 centres of excellence. St. Patrick’s College, Thurles is ominously absent from any amalgamation proposals and the report recommends that this college discontinue teacher education.
“I am astonished that Minister and Government are accepting the recommendations of this report without advance consultation and discussion with the institutions involved, including St. Patricks in Thurles.
“St. Patrick’s has built up a well-deserved reputation as a leading educationalist. It has developed and prospered because of the quality of management and the excellence of its teaching trainer courses. St. Patrick’s college should not be allowed to fall victim to educational sector and other vested interests.
“I am calling on the Minister Quinn and Government to rescind this decision.”