Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has said that Government incompetence has led to their own Bill being abandoned.

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018, which would strengthen Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) role in ensuring high standards across Ireland’s education, was not signed on time by Government and will not now be passed.

Deputy Byrne said, “It is an absolute shambles that this piece of legislation, which will provide important protections for language school students will not be completed in time for the summer recess because the Government forgot to get a money message signed.

“In recent years there has been a whole host of closures among English language colleges in Ireland, leaving staff without jobs and owed pay – clearly demonstrating the need for this legislation.

“Fianna Fáil have engaged constructively on this Bill, it has the support of the majority of the house, the Government’s incompetence is the only reason that this will not be passed.

“This is not the first time that there have been problems with this Bill. Fianna Fáil previously had to raise serious concerns so that workers and schools’ representatives could provide their input into the Bill. The Government has done a serious disservice to the sector through this bungled process”, he concluded.