Paul Hannigan, President Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), and Dr Seán Duffy, Head of School of Tourism, will attend a public meeting in Killybegs on Monday night where concerns over the possible relocation of the Tourism College to LYIT in Letterkenny will be discussed.
On Wednesday last Deputy Thomas Pringle raised concerns over the possible relocation and these fears were confirmed a day later when LYIT president Paul Hannigan confirmed that the possible relocation was a consideration due to budgetary constraints at LYIT.
In a statement issued by LYIT they confirm Mr Hannigan and Dr Seán Duffy, Head of School of Tourism, will attend a public meeting which has been organised for Monday night in the Tara Hotel, Killybegs.
Meanwhile the LYIT statement added: “The Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) wishes to reassure students, staff and parents that courses will be continuing as normal at the Institute’s Killybegs campus. Students who have applied to study courses in September 2013, that are scheduled to take place in Killybegs, will definitely continue in Killybegs.
“Due to a deterioration in the Institute’s finances, brought about by substantial budget cuts and staffing restrictions, the Governing Body at LYIT has asked the Executive within the Institute to conduct a review of a number of issues with a specific focus on operations at the Killybegs campus. LYIT’s core grant has been reduced by a total of 43% over the last 5 years.
“As a result, a number of options are to be reviewed to reduce costs. One option is the relocation of the School of Tourism from Killybegs to the Letterkenny campus; at this time no decisions have been taken.
“Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT, stated, “There have been concerns raised regarding the possibility of relocating the School of Tourism from Killybegs to Letterkenny. I would like to stress that no decision has been taken, rather this is one of a number of options under consideration. Most of all, I would like to reassure current students that the School of Tourism at Killybegs will operate as normal for now, and for prospective students beginning in September 2013 that programmes will run as usual. The Institute is committed to evaluating all options regarding the future of the campus.”