Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed the announcement that a planned J200 million investment will be made to LIT Limerick and Tipperary campuses over the coming number of years as part of LIT’s “Campus Masterplan 2030”.
The Independent T.D. for North Tipperary stated that these funds will go towards the development and refurbishment of LIT’s existing four campuses, two of which are located in Tipperary. Additionally significant investment will be made in student villages, an integrated transport system and other facilities. Deputy Lowry explained: “This planned J200 million investment sets out a radical development plan for the College up until 2030. Already over €20 million of investment has been fully secured which will cover advancements in the College over the coming 4 years. It is expected that some of these funds will be invested in Thurles in the coming months.”
“The Tipperary College has long been close to my heart and over the years I have fought hard for this Tipperary facility and have ensured its future in both Clonmel and Thurles. A key development in securing the future of this third level facility in Tipperary was the partnership forged with LIT. Year on year this facility has grown and through its partnership with LIT has now become a major force in Irish third level education. This partnership and continued investment is hugely welcome and will ensure that this vital facility continues to advance and grow into the future. The strategic alliance with LIT has saved Thurles and Clonmel and created a viable and successful future for both campus. After the McCarthy report it was essentially that this partnership was made to prevent the closure of these campuses.”
“This investment will serve as a vital boost not alone for the campuses of Thurles and Clonmel but will provide a boost to the local economy and create jobs in the areas in the fields of construction, teaching and the services sector.”