At a public meeting in Killybegs last night in relation to the future of the School of Tourism in the town, the President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) told the large crowd that “As a proud Donegal man I am not proud to be in a situation like this - closures are just not part of my DNA”.
More than 200 people attended the meeting in the Tara Hotel in the wake of the concerns raised by Deputy Thomas Pringle in the Dáil on Wednesday last on the future of the School of Tourism.
The meeting was also attended by Pearse Doherty TD, Cllrs. John Boyle and John Campbell, Paul Hannigan, LYIT and Seán Duffy, School of Tourism.
Deputy Pringle said that closing the School of Tourism would be a severe setback for the whole of south west Donegal if the withdrawal of this vital education resource were to materialise and called on each and every one present to immediately start lobbying their public representatives and the Board of Governors of LYIT.
Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT, told the assembled meeting, “I would like to stress that no decision on the future of the School has been taken and I can reassure students, staff and the people of Killybegs that the facility will operate as normal for now and for students enrolling in September.”
He did confirm that a number of options were on the table including a possible closure of the facility but assured the meeting that he would be bringing the strong views expressed at the meeting back to the Board of Governors.
For full report and photographic coverage, see Thursday’s edition of Donegal Democrat.