Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan will raise a special debate in the Seanad this evening (Wednesday 10 October) about the 350 students who are owed money from an insolvent pilot training college.
 
Senator O’Donovan will call for a statement from the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar about what is being done to support these students who are owed a total of €5.5 million from Waterford Pilot Training College.  At the end of last month, a last ditch effort to save the college fell through after an investor pulled out.
 
The Bantry Senator said, “These students have been left out in the cold for months now and I want to know what the Government intends to do about it.  Through no fault of their own, most of them have nowhere to go now after the rug was pulled from under them.  They don’t have sufficient training and they can’t get their money back in order to seek other training opportunities.
 
“Following the latest developments about an investment possibility falling through, I am calling for a full statement from the Transport Minister about this debacle.  We have a duty as public representatives to help these young people in whatever way we can.  I will be seeking answers from him in the Seanad tonight so that hopefully we can provide some closure to these students and their families,” said Senator O’Donovan.