McHugh: €1.8m funding ‘shows commitment to School of Tourism campus in Killybegs’

The Minister for Education says the allocation of €1.8m for the Killybegs campus of Letterkenny IT’s School of Tourism is confirmation of a long-term commitment to the Killybegs college.

Minister Joe McHugh also says it will boost the effort to get a technological university for the north west.

The €1.8m for the Killybegs campus of LYIT’s School of Tourism is being provided under the Project Ireland 2040 Plan.

It will help pay for significant upgrades to existing buildings.

The library space will be upgraded and relocated to the main campus building.

Minister McHugh says the allocation is also an acknowledgement of the important role the School of Tourism has played, particularly as it celebrates 50 years this year.

He says the funding also supports Letterkenny IT as a member of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, which is continuing the effort to get technological university status for an institution in in the west and north west.

Major investment in new buildings for members of the Alliance is being advanced as part of the Higher Education Public Private Partnership Programme in Letterkenny and Galway, while significant upgrade and refurbishment works are planned for Sligo and Castlebar.

Minister McHugh says upgrade work will also give more choice to students in the north west as well as forming an essential part of LYIT’s plan to double student numbers on the Killybegs campus to around 400 in the coming years.