Project shop class coming into northern B.C. high schools

first_imgThe funding goes to a program partnership between the north region, B.C. Construction Association and the Construction Foundation of B.C. to provide training tools and equipment required by secondary schools.It’s designed to replace and enhance current shop class equipment, coming at a time when this region continues to prepare for a major industrial development push.That in turn will create the need for more skilled trade workers, and local area high school graduates remain an important labor source for small and medium sized construction companies.- Advertisement -There is a concern however that without more shop class emphasis, many of those companies will have trouble recruiting the people they need to land new contracts.Accordingly, the trust – an independent regional economic development corporation, is getting behind Project Shop Class, with a current budget for the northern focus of $532,000.However, the high schools involved have requested more than one million, and are therefore also moving forward with fundraising activities.Advertisementlast_img read more

Inquiry into expenses claims by Donegal county councillors cost €500,000

first_imgThe State’s ethics watchdog has spent almost €500,000 in investigating allegations of false expenses claims by two former members of Údarás na Gaeltachta.The Standard in Public Office Commission (Sipo) has paid out a total of €455,000 investigating allegations of duplication of expenses by Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was an elected board member of Údarás na Gaeltachta as well as a member of Donegal County Council.A further €21,300 was spent investigating similar allegations against Pádraig Doherty, who was also an elected member of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta and Donegal County Council. Both men were found to have contravened ethics legislation by submitting claims for travelling and subsistence expenses from two separate bodies for the same dates.The Irish Times reports that the information on the significant costs involved was obtained by Seacht Lá, TG4’s current affairs flagship programme.Most of the costs relate to two legal challenges taken by Senator Ó Domhnaill.He took a case in the High Court in an effort to ensure the hearing by Sipo would be bilingual and would be conducted without the assistance of an interpreter. He appealed the High Court ruling against him and claimed the investigation should not take place until the rules of the Court of Appeal were made available in Irish.Sipo said the costs in the case of Senator Ó Domhnaill were for professional legal fees, translation, legal counsel, stenographers, and court fees.The commission has completed only four investigations relating to expense claims by county or city councillors in the past 10 years.As well as Senator Ó Domhnaill and Mr Doherty, two other members of Donegal County Council – Dessie Larkin of Fianna Fáil and Terence Slowey of Fine Gael – were investigated.Mr Slowey is currently a member of the council. Inquiry into expenses claims by Donegal county councillors cost €500,000 was last modified: January 25th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COUNTY COUNCILLORSdonegalSIPOUdaraslast_img read more