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SOLAS is a statutory agency that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills. Our annual budget is approx. €683m which is funded through the Irish Exchequer and the European Social Fund. This budget is used to fund the further Education and Training Sector annually. The majority of this budget is used in the form of grants to 16 Education and Training Boards who in turn use this budget to deliver Further Education and Training Programmes nat​ionally. ​​

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* Pension costs include pension costs related to SOLAS retired staff and pension costs for legacy organisations currently being administered by SOLAS.

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Each year business plans and budgets are allocated in line with the Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019, the annual Further Education and Training Services Plan and the SOLAS Corporate Plan 2017-2019

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SOLAS prepares an Annual Report each​​ year which is submitted to the Minister for Education and Skills and the Houses of the Oireachtas​



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The Board of SOLAS are appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.  It comprises a Chairman and 12 ordinary Members, including the Chief Executive Officer - SOLAS (ex-officio). The board is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of SOLAS. It also provided strategic guidance to SOLAS, and monitors our activities and effectiveness as well as our internal financial control systems. In 2014, the Board oversaw the development of the first ever strategy for the Further Education and Training Sector in Ireland along with a Corporate Plan for SOLAS.

View the Code of Conduct for SOLAS Board Members here

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Sean Burke
Board member
Former Chief Executive Officer - Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) - (Retired)
Patricia Carey
Board member
Former President - Skerry's Business College, Cork
Darragh J. Loftus
Board member
Territory Executive - VMware
Cecilia Munro
Board member
Principal - Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Orla Coughlan
Board member
Management Consultant and Non Executive Director
Catrina Sheridan
Board member
Chief Executive Officer – Sightsavers Ireland
Sinead McCluskey
Board Member
Director, Commercial Innovation, PEI Surgical
Patrick J. Dwyer
Board member
Head of Google's Cloud business, Small & Medium Enterprise segments in E.M.E.A
Andrew Brownlee
Board Member
Niamh O’Reilly
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer - Aontas
Paul Cremmins
Board Member
Technical Director – Suir Engineering
Yvonne McNulty
SOLAS Board Member
Managing Director - McNulty Consulting Limited
Sean Aylward
Former Sec Gen of Department of Justice

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The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides the following statutory rights:

  • A legal right for each person to access information held by a body to which FOI legislation applies

  • A legal right for each person to have official information relating to himself/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading

  • A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting himself/herself.​

Who can I contact in SOLAS with regard to Freedom of Information/Access to Information?

Emma Kelly

Senior Freedom of Information Officer

Freedom of Information Unit,
SOLAS, Block 1, Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin 1

Tel.:+353 (01) 533 2500 | Email:

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LifeLong Learning Participation Among Adults in Ireland, Quarter 4 2015
National Skills Bulletin 2016
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2016
2014 Follow up Survey of FÁS Programme Participants
Occupational Employment Projections 2020
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 2016
Lifelong Learning Report 2017

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