THE Government’s early retirement scheme had a bearing on the final number of 22 staff members who retired by the end of last month, according to Co Louth VEC.
The 22 former VEC workers opted to retire during either mid-to-late 2011 or early 2012. Co Louth VEC CEO Dr Pádraig Kirk said the scheme had an impact, however, he added that it was not the only contributory factor.
The CEO said that a number of the recently retired staff members had reached retirement age prior to the scheme’s February 29 deadline.
The Government’s early retirement scheme allowed civil and public servants who retired on or before the end of February 2012 to retain pension payment levels based on pre-salary pay cut scales.
During the latest VEC meeting, Dr Kirk informed the committee that the retirements had affected all sectors of the VEC workforce including management and teaching staff, as well as administration staff, caretaking staff and ancillary staff.
The retirements have also affected all of the VEC’s schools and centres for education across the county.
Several of the retirees held management positions including Bríd Rocks, former Principal of Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer; Patrick Daly, former Deputy Principal at O’Fiaich College in Dundalk; Ann O’Hare, Coordinator of the VEC’s VTOS programme in Dundalk; Daniel Toole, former principal of St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda; and Helen Keogh, National Coordinator of VTOS who had been on secondment to the Department of Education and Skills from the VEC since 1992.
VEC teaching staff members who have retired include Pauline Mooney, Joan McKenna, Edward Dolan, Patrick McQuaile, Josephine Byrne, Mona O’Farrell, Thomas Healy, Patrick Kilboy, Margaret Hirrell and Marie McGuirk.
Retired administration staff include Marie Keelan, Rosaleen Hough and Christina Molloy, while retired caretaking and ancillary staff include Michael O’Brien, Christina Murphy, Patricia Charity and Noel Mulholland.
Dr Kirk said that school and centre based management and teaching staff were being replaced to a degree, this was not so in the case of administrative, caretaking and ancillary staff.
He thanked all those staff who remained on in the employment of Co Louth VEC for their “hard work and dedication in these challenging times”.