Cork ETB states commitment to retaining Fermoy Adult Learning Centre
Judging by a statement to The Avondhu from Cork ETB this week, fears expressed in this paper last week that the Adult Learning Centre may be lost to Fermoy would appear to be unfounded. The ETB state that it is committed to the Fermoy centre and its students, 'both current and incoming'.
Despite these assuarances however, a public meeting has been called at The Grand Hotel (River Room) for this Thursday night at 8pm to further discuss the issue. A number callers to The Avondhu have said they are still worried that the centre may not be functional due to a number of factors around the uncertainty of securing a new home.
John Fitzgibbons, Education Officer with Cork ETB said: "We are in the process of securing alternative suitable premises, which should be operational by September to coincide with the closure of the current building,” and stressed that Cork ETB will continue to provide 'high quality education services for the people of Fermoy'.
"There is an exciting and enhanced range of courses available for September, which will proceed when the new location for the Fermoy Adult Learning Centre has been agreed,” he added.
Mr Fitzgibbon explained in the statement, that the building currently being used by the centre has been deemed unsuitable due to recent damage and will be vacated by September 'for safety reasons'.
Deputy Sean Sherlock told The Avondhu that he has intervened in this case and has been promised that the facility is being kept in Fermoy.
"I know that efforts are underway to secure a suitable location and I will personally monitor this situation until it has satisfactorily concluded,” he said.
Youthreach Fermoy and a crèche facility also housed in the building at College Road have been successfully relocated by Cork ETB. They say any updates regarding the new location for the Fermoy Adult Learning Centre will be posted on their website.
Thursday 17th July 5:36pm