Breathnach calls for increased funding for Dundalk IT
Local TD Declan Breathnach has asked the Tánaiste Simon Coveney to provide increased funding for border-based Institutes of Technology, including Dundalk IT.
The Fianna Fáil spokesperson on cross-border co-operation said that Dundalk IT and Letterkenny IT should be given extra support and funding in a post-Brexit scenario.
Speaking in the Dáil, DeputyBreathnach spoke of the importance of DkIT.
“The role played by third level institutions in the regions is invaluable in respect not only of attracting employment but also of providing the skills necessary in the region, as was seen last week, when WuXi Biologics in Dundalk announced it would add 200 jobs to its workforce, bringing the total to 600.”
He continued: “My question relates to the role of Dundalk Institute of Technology, DKIT, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, LYIT, in the context of North-South relationships. What efforts are being made to secure additional funding for the two institutions in respect of their cross-Border developments? What programmes are being explored for the post-Brexit environment, in addition to the current programmes available
The Tánáiste responded saying: “DKIT will get a fair crack of the whip. I have visited the college and it does a super job. Like all other third level institutions, it makes the case for increased funding. We have an ambition to create technological universities. There is already one and we would like to create many more. Advantages will flow from creating technological universities, but the benchmarks that have to be met to qualify technically for the status are clear. It is not a question of political decision-making, but of independent scrutiny and meeting the criteria.”