Finn Valley College

Donegal South West Senator has called on the Department of Ecuation to re-instate the funding of €150,000 previously approved in 2008 for an ASD Unit in the new School Building of Finn Valley College.


The Senator raised the matter with the Minister for Education and Skills in the Seanad this week following a request from the New Chairperson of the School Board of Management Cllr Patrick McGowan.

 “It is vitally important to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit provided in the New Finn Valley College given the need that exists in the School for such a facility. Such a Unit would improve the quality of life and Educational advancement of students who would use the Unit by providing intensive and sustained special education programmes to pupils.”

“Previously approved funding has recently been withdrawn and therefore I am requesting the Government to re-allocate the funding for the ASD Unit.”

“The Minister in his reply in the Seanad has advised me that the Department have now agreed to accept a new application from the School via County Donegal VEC. I now understand that Donegal VEC are preparing a new application and I will be requesting the Minister to give approval to this application when submitted.”

Transport to School

“On a separate issue which effects pupils at Finn Valley College the Minister for Education has this week ruled out approving funding for the operation of a shuttle Bus Service to the New School – This is a very sensitive decision – given that it was the mistake made by the Department that is causing pupils to walk 1.2km (Round Trip) in the morning and evening from where the drop-off/pick up point is. I have again asked for this poor decision by the Government to be reviewed.”

“Finally, I would like to congratulate Cllr Patrick McGowan who is the New Chairman of the Finn Valley College Board of Management on his election to the position. I know that Patrick will play a very constructive and meaningful role in the future of the School.”

Posted: Oct 14, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized