Dungannon Council oppose cuts to South West College

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Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council have vowed to ‘liase with the DEL Minister and the Executive’ in a big to ensure proposed funding cuts do not impact on services provided by South West College.

In a motion brought before the council at the monthly meeting by SDLP councillors Anthony McGonnell, Jim Cavanagh and Pat Daly, the council unamiously agreed to do all they can to support South West College and the services they provide.

Earlier this year it was revealed that another round of cuts to the education sector could have a significant impact on Further Education Colleges.

Cllr McGonnell said the local South West College provide a “vital educational function as well as providing training opportunites which are ‘crucial to our industry sectors, partiuclarly the engineering sector.”

Councillors from all parties expressed their support for the motion all agreeing that everything must be done to ensure the cuts don’t “impact on students, industry and those most at rush of social exclusion.”

Independent Councillor Barry Moneith commented that the Dungannon area ‘always seemed to come out on the wrong side of cuts’ saying the council need to fight ‘tooth and nail for the retention of these public services.’

DUP Councillor Kim Ashton said she supported the motion saying it was ‘very important’ for both Dungannon Council and the new Mid Ulster Coucil to support South West College.

UUP Councillor Walter Cuddy added: “South West College are very good at supporting local people and local businesses and should have the full support of the council.”