Dillon welcomes €1,067,000 for capital works and equipment in higher education institutions

Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon today welcomes the allocation of €1,067,000 for capital works and equipment in higher education institutions in County Mayo.

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 Deputy Dillon 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. 

 Deputy Dillon said: “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.

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

“It is essential that GMIT 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.

Deputy Dillon concludes “This comes at an important time as the sector begins to prepare for the return of students next month,”.