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Mayo TD Alan Dillon has welcomed today’s funding announcement of €3.9m for ATU

Major funding has been announced today for the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) for the upcoming academic year.

Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has welcomed a funding announcement from his party colleague, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris.

Deputy Dillon has been informed that an additional €3,900,000 fund will be used for key capital investment priorities including:

  • Investments to support universal access;
  • Energy efficiency and decarbonisation upgrades;
  • General ICT and equipment-related upgrades;
  • Health and safety works, and other building upgrades;
  • Minor works and equipment.

Deputy Dillon said: “Grant funding for the coming academic year is being extended to the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) for the first time.”

Speaking on the announcement, Minister Harris said: “I’m delighted to announce a significant devolved capital grant for the higher education sector to support a range of capital priorities.

“Our third level sector faces significant challenges in responding to climate goals and this fund will assist with making energy upgrades but also making college campuses greener.

“Across our sector, we can play the lead in responding to the great challenges of our time – how we meet our climate targets, how we make Ireland better for people with disabilities, how we improve access to education for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Deputy Dillon concluded “This funding of over €3.9 million is very welcomed and will ensure our campuses are inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities, and It can also be used to help students access laptops or other ICT requirements.

The funding forms part of ongoing investment in the higher education sector under Project Ireland 2040 and reaffirms a strong commitment to public investment in higher education infrastructure.”

Previous allocations under the Devolved Capital Grant have delivered tangible benefits for students and staff and complements other Project Ireland 2040 capital investments in the higher education sector.

Funding will be provided through the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for all Technological Universities, Institutes of Technology and smaller colleges with the exception of RIAM and DIAS who will be funded directly by DFHERIS.

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