Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy has welcomed the decision to locate the headquarters of the new amalgamated Longford/Westmeath VEC in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.


Deputy Troy commented, “While I am disappointed that Longford is losing its VEC, it is a great relief that the VEC in Mullingar is being retained.  Mullingar is the capital of Westmeath and the largest town in the county. It is a sensible choice as the location for the headquarters of Longford-Westmeath VEC.


“The Committee of Westmeath VEC together with the CEO and his staff put forward an excellent submission on the importance of retaining the facilities in Mullingar. Great credit is due to them for their hard work and their achievement today.


“The VEC in Mullingar plays an important role in education, training and job creation in Westmeath. I am delighted that it will continue this role and will also take on the same responsibilities for Longford, with the valuable support and experience of the staff at Longford VEC.”