LYIT President confirms Killybegs campus fears

LYIT President confirms Killybegs campus fears
The President of Letterkenny IT, Paul Hannigan, has this morning confirmed that considerations are being given to relocate the School of Tourism campus from Killybegs to Letterkenny.

The President of Letterkenny IT, Paul Hannigan, has this morning confirmed that considerations are being given to relocate the School of Tourism campus from Killybegs to Letterkenny.

Mr. Hannigan said the relocation option is on the agenda because of ongoing budget cuts and staffing restrictions at the third level college.

A public meeting on the matter will take place in Killybegs on Monday night.

It comes as Deputy Thomas Pringle called for the School of Tourism campus to be maintained in Killybegs. The TD spoke at Topical Issues in the Dail on Wednesday and said “At the minute, the LYIT board are drafting a three-year financial plan for the institute and I believe that it is under consideration to relocate the School of Tourism to the Letterkenny campus, and this will seriously undermine the viability of the Killybegs Campus of LYIT.”

Speaking on Highland Radio this morning, Mr. Hannigan said the college has to deliver further cuts within tighter budgets and staffing restriction and the governing body has asked the executive within the college to consider a number of issues. He confirmed that one of those options surrounds the future of the school of tourism in Killybegs.

Mr. Hannigan said he had discussed the matter with Deputy Pringle last week. He moved to reassure tourism and catering students that their programmes will continue without any difficulty and also assured any students who have applied for courses that begin in September, that those courses will still be provided.