Written answers

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Institutes of Technology

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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164. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the GMIT Mayo campus mid-term review report of the independent assessor; if a date has been scheduled for when the report will be presented to the finance and governance section of the HEA in quarter 1 of 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12332/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy is aware the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Working Group was established in March 2017. The key objective of this group was to develop a plan to develop a sustainable future for the Mayo Campus arising from concerns about the financial viability of the campus. The Governing Authority of GMIT in consultation with the HEA have responsibility for the implementation of the recommendations of the report to promote the future sustainability of the Mayo Campus as an integral part of GMIT in the North West Region. The report of the Working Group advised that a Mid Term Review of the recommendations of the GMIT Working Group Report be undertaken. The Terms of Reference for the mid-term review were approved by the HEA and Mazars were appointed as the independent assessor for the review.

The position as previously advised remains unchanged and the report of the independent assessor is still on schedule to be presented to the HEA’s Finance and Governance Committee by the end of Q1 2021. I will advise the Deputy of the updated position from the HEA pending completion of this review.


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