€2.8million for capital works and equipment in higher education institutions in Limerick – O’Donovan

Added August 28th, 2020

Limerick TD and Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that €2,822,000 has been allocated for capital works and equipment in higher education institutions in Limerick.

Minister O’Donovan 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 funding provided by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris, 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” he continued.

“Our local higher education institutions play a hugely important role in the fabric of our community here in Limerick.

“It is essential that the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College can reinvest in their existing estates, 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 high-quality 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”.

The funding announced for each of the Limerick higher education institutions is as follows:
University of Limerick€1,356,000
Limerick Institute of Technology€1,023,000
Mary Immaculate College€443,000

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