CEO of Donegal VEC Sean O'Longain is set to retire at the end of November
The CEO of Donegal VEC, Sean O’Longain is to step down from his position at the end of November, after he announced his retirement.
The Mayo native is one of the county’s longest serving public servants and has worked with Donegal VEC (Vocational Education Committee) for the last 34 years.
A big man with a big presence, he oversaw the development of many new schools in the county under the VEC portfolio and is credited with many innovations in Irish Education, in Donegal and the North West.
With the current pay freeze on Public service recruitment members of Donegal VEC are hoping that government will give approval for the recruitment of a replacement.
Glowing tributes have already been paid to the man that has overseen much of the last generation of education in the county.
County Donegal Vocational Education Committee is one of the largest of the 33 Vocational Education Committees in the country.
The Committee’s educational remit extends from Malin in the North of the County to Bundoran in the South, Arranmore and Tory Islands in the West and Carrick in the South West to Raphoe in the East of the County.
The County itself is unique in that it is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the east by Counties Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh and to the South by County Leitrim with a border to the State of only 20 kilometers.
The Committee provides a wide range of educational services throughout Donegal.
The services range from providing full-time education in 15 Post Primary Schools/Colleges, the Outdoor Education Centre at Gartan , Churchill, six dedicated Adult Education & Training Centres located throughout the County, a Senior Traveller and Training Centre in Letterkenny and part-time provision for adults in numerous schools and community based centres. In addition, the Committee, through its Youth Services Programme, supports voluntary Youth Groups, Local Youth Projects and Youth Services to provide education, developmental and recreational programmes for young people.