€750K for improvement works at IT Carlow – DEERING

3rd October, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has confirmed that IT Carlow is to be granted €750,000 as part of a capital grant for Institutes of Technology. The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has allocated a total of €10 million for the 14 ITs across the country via the Higher Education Authority.

“For the third year in a row, IT Carlow is receiving an allocation from the capital grant for improvement works to the Institutes of Technology. The decision on the allocation of funding is based on enrolment figures, so as one of the seven ITs with an enrolment range of 3,500-6,999 students, IT Carlow will receive €750,000. 

“This funding can be used for improvement works, and to allow the college to address urgent health and safety concerns. The funding can also be used to commence programmes of equipment renewal and this includes the upgrade of IT facilities, which is great news for the students and staff who will benefit.

“Minister Bruton is also ensuring value for money for the tax payer here, as in receiving these grants, the ITs must ensure value for money, clear prioritisation and demonstrable impact on the capacity of the institute to deliver on its strategic goals.

“During our time in Government, we in Fine Gael have been working hard to protect our economy and use our economic growth to improve people’s lives. Thanks to careful economic management in recent years, we now have the resources to target investments in key public services that will make a real difference to people. Investing in our educational institutions is a huge part of that. In the case of this grant, by improving the environment in which our young college students work and learn, we are giving them the best possible chance of success and growth.”