Enda Fitzpatrick says he will have to think long and hard about a return to Dublin City University as Athletics director.
Longford man Fitzpatrick has been head of Athletics with Dublin City University (DCU) since 2003 and has overseen the development of DCU into a premier sports college in Ireland.
In April Fitzptarick was advised his secondment from secondary school Holy Faith Clontarf in Dublin would come to an end and he will leave DCU.
An online petition created last week has now garnered 2,111 signatures requested DCU to re-instate Fitzpatrick and is set to be handed into DCU President Brian MacCraith at lunchtime tomorrow.
A further statement from DCU to the Irish Times, DCU said they will now create a full-time permanent position as Head of the Athletics Academy which will be publicly advertised in the coming weeks on the back of the department of education’s circular to end long term secondments.
Fitzpatrick told Shannonside Sport’s Dave Hooper the timeline in which he was advised he would be leaving DCU.
“In January I made an application to the board of Holy Faith Clontarf to extend my secondment, which I do every year.”
“On April ninth, I met my line manager which didn’t last very long, it was a read statement from the department of education and skills that my secondment would end on August 31st 2019.”
“I was shocked, there is no point in saying I wasn’t” admitted Fitzpatrick. “I became aware that Holy Faith Clontarf principal had been in contact with the department of education.”
“While there was a cicular trying to tridy up long-term secondment’s my school principal said they (dept of education) would review each case on individual basis.”
“I know she forwarded a letter to James Clancy in the middle of April, the follow onto that was the school said they heard nothing back from DCU.”
“I’ve got to accept that the university don’t want me and I’ll go back to a wonderful school in Clontarf.”
While Fitzpatrick says he accepts he must move-on, he also questions where the future of DCU is heading to.
“I’m questioning the future of where DCU sport is going” explained Fitzpatrick. “I have huge concerns on where DCU sport is going.”
“The strategic plan has been in the pipeline for 20 months. I equally think it’s worrying to that people like Niall (Moyna) and I have very little input inot that.”
You can listen to the whole interview between Enda Fitzpatrick and Dave Hooper here: