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Thursday, 19 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Further and Higher Education

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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182. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for the development of an educational setting (details supplied) in Cavan town as a hub for further education and training. [25106/22]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Following a call for proposals under the FET College of the Future Major Projects Fund, I understand that a Strategic Assessment Report in relation to the Cavan Institute proposal has now been submitted by Cavan Monaghan ETB to SOLAS. The Deputy will be aware that it was agreed that the Cavan Institute project, previously part of the Department of Education school building programme, would be advanced as part of the new FET capital funding programme.

The outcome of the initial strategic assessment is expected to be communicated to CMETB in July. As the Deputy is aware, I have already committed that funding will be made available to deliver this project, subject to compliance with Public Spending Code requirements.

I have also granted approval for the purchase of a new modular unit for CMETB.

This is a strategic opportunity to address short and medium term accommodation needs for FET services in Cavan Town. The modular unit, c 1,700 sq.m., will be located at the FET campus at the former Dún Uí Neill Army barracks and will be operational by September. This modular accommodation is to address immediate accommodation needs. This development would enable the delivery of a range of PLC programmes, including but not limited to: music production, science, beauty, sports, animal care, sports therapy and general skills programmes. It will also provide canteen and sports facilities and office space.


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