Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has called into question the cost and scope of a Career Guidance review ordered by Minister Richard Bruton.

Deputy Byrne made the comments after obtaining new information through parliamentary questions which show that the review is set to cost taxpayers €120,000 and will be limited to enterprise engagement.

Deputy Byrne said, “The undertaking of a Career Guidance review can be positive and I do welcome the appointment of Dr Tom Collins as chair. However the high cost associated with the review is questionable. This review should have been led by officials in the Department of Education but instead Minister Bruton has decided to splash the cash on external consultants at a time when the education budget is already stretched to the limit.

“Minister Bruton must publish a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with this review. He must also explain why the terms of reference of the review are limited to enterprise engagement with no mention of engagement from academia, education, health services or other public service providers,” concluded Deputy Byrne.