€18.5 million investment announced for expansion of STEM facilities at Dundalk IT
Dundalk IT has received a major boost this morning with the news that it is to receive a substantial amount of funding to upgrade its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facilities.
A sum of €18.5 million has been earmarked for the Dublin Road institute under the Project Ireland 2040 initiative.
It will be used for the upgrade and expansion of the STEM facilities to cater for up to 760 additional student places. The development will also lead to an increase in the workforce of DkIT once completed.
The works will focus on the North and South blocks of the college.
In total the government is investing €11.9 billion in education as part of the Project Ireland 2040 plan between now and 2027.
Speaking about this morning’s announcement, local TD Peter Fitzpatrick strongly welcomed the news.
He said: “This is great news for Dundalk and the wider area, the DkIT is a top quality Institution which provides a high level of education to so many people. I am delighted that they will receive further funding to allow them to continue to provide excellence.
“Science and Technology is essential for our future and it is so important that we invest in facilities to give our students the best opportunities.
“The Government will also be investing in PE halls by modernising old ones and building new ones to ensure all post primary can use state of the art facilities.
“PE is a mandatory subject in school, I think it’s important that we provide our students with the best facilities. Promoting health and fitness at a young age and making it more enjoyable is something that has life-long benefits,” said Deputy Fitzpatrick.