Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Education and Skills
Education Centre Network
Joe McHugh (Donegal North East, Fine Gael)
Question 193: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for mainstreaming the salaries and payment for outdoor education centres; if this will involve direct payment by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17473/11]
Ruairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
There are 12 outdoor education centres operated and managed by 11 Vocational Education Committees. The staff working in these centres are employees of the relevant VEC. Each VEC is responsible for the payment of the salaries of its staff, including the staff of the outdoor education centres, and any other payments associated with the operation of these centres. I have no plans at this time to centralise the payment of VEC staff salaries within my Department.