Thomas Pringle, independent TD for Donegal South West, on Wednesday raised concerns in the Dáil that there may be considerations being given to relocating the School of Tourism campus of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) from Killybegs to Letterkenny.
Deputy Pringle (pictured bottom left) called for the School of Tourism campus to be maintained in Killybegs to support regional development in the north west.
Speaking at Topical Issues in the Dáil to Minister Ciarán Cannon, Deputy Pringle 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.
“There is a serious urgency in this situation because the plan is due to be delivered to the Higher Education Authority before the summer and this will signal the end of the delivery of tourism courses in Killybegs,” he said.
Deputy Pringle is holding a public meeting on the issue at 8pm, Monday, May 13th, in the Tara Hotel, Killybegs.
“While everyone understands that there is a need for education and training to be cost effective, closing the Killybegs campus will be a severe setback for the whole of south west Donegal with the withdrawal of a vital education resource,” Deputy Pringle said.
See also page 1 of today’s Donegal Democrat.