€2.8M for capital works and equipment in 3 higher education institutions in Limerick

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University of Limerick campus aerial Photo: True Media

SOME €2,822,000 has been allocated for capital works and equipment in 3 higher education institutions in Limerick, according to Limerick City Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell  has said. 

Deputy Kieran O’Donnell said the funding will allow institutions address small-scale capital investment and equipment needs based on their own priorities, including health and safety works, infrastructure upgrades, ICT and equipment renewal, and energy-related upgrades.  

This €2,822,000 funding provided to UL, LIT and MIC by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Further and Higher Education,Simon Harris TD, represents a significant increase in the devolved capital grant for the higher education sector and the extension of the grant to universities for the first time in nearly a decade. 

Funding to Limerick higher Educations Institutions: 

UL       €1,356,000

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LIT       €1,023,000

MIC        €443,000

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Total €2,822,000

“Our local higher education institutionsplay a hugely important role in the fabric of our community here in Limerick and the region.  

“It is essential that UL, LIT and MIC here in Limerick can reinvest in their existing estate, renew and update their equipment, and can make capital investments to respond to developments in online and blended learning. 

“Ongoing capital investment is essential to ensuring a highquality academic environment and a positive campus experience for students and staff. 

This flexible funding complements other targeted capital investments in the sector that will help expand availability of student places and transform campus infrastructure over the coming years.

“It also comes at an important time as the sector begins to prepare for the return of students next month,” concluded Deputy O’Donnell.