Minister Simon Harris has given his backing to the development of a centre for apprenticeships in Roscommon. It came after local Senators Eugene Murphy and Aisling Dolan raised the need for such a centre at the Seanad today. The Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board has already submitted a proposal to SOLAS, the national agency over education and training, for a two and half acre site in the heart of Roscommon town. Fine Gael Senator Dolan said there was an urgent need for new apprenticeships across the region and the proposed site was the ideal location. Addressing the Minister, Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said the people of Roscommon have given their full backing to the move:
Responding to both Senators, Minister Harris said he was excited by the proposal and that he looked forward to visiting Roscommon to meet with stakeholders:
Both Senators welcomed the Minister's support for the project, saying the development of the centre in Roscommon twon would bring much needed jobs and enterprise to the entire region. They also acknowledged the work of GRETB Chief Executive David Leahy and GRETB Chairperson and ETB Ireland Chairperson, Michael Maher in highlighting the importance of the proposal.