Dáil debates

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:10 pm

Photo of Peter FitzpatrickPeter Fitzpatrick (Louth, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I attended a meeting with Deputy Breathnach at DKIT this morning. It is a fantastic college. There is currently a problem relating to its status as a technical university. Some 5,300 students attend DKIT, while there are more than 500 members of staff. If DKIT does not get its act together by April 2020, it will risk losing out on its part of the €90 million in funding set aside for technical universities. What is the Government doing to help to sort out the position of DKIT? It is the first time 80% of the students at DKIT have attended third level education, and the last thing we want to see the college losing out. Will the Minister of State, Deputy Mitchell O'Connor, get involved and ensure that DKIT gets a fair crack of the whip?


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