The Council’s VEC members Cllrs Pierce O’Loughlin and Margaret Croke came under fire for not informing the local authority that Comeragh College was losing its last SNAs in April when the VEC first learned the news.
Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke said it “beggared belief” that they didn’t inform the Council while Cllr Sylvia Cooney Sheehan noted a campaign to restore the post could have started earlier if the Council knew the situation in April.
Cllr Croke said they were informed no students at the school met the criteria and explained SNAs couldn’t be appointed to new students until they started at the school. Cllr O’Loughlin blamed the actions of the last government and banks for the cutbacks. Besides, the Department of Education made this decision and it was nothing to do with the VEC or school board of management. “In relation to the attitude of some members of this Council to Comeragh College, I will be damned if I will report to this council on all issues. I will report where it’s relevent,” he added. Cllr Bourke said Cllr O’Loughlin’s attitude left a lot to be desired.