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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 April 2018

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Questions (220)

Jackie Cahill


220. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills the capital plans his Department has for Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17689/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Limerick Institute of Technology has submitted a project proposal in respect of the campus at Thurles which will be considered in the context of available resources and priorities for the sector. 

The National Development Plan signals Exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in higher education infrastructure over the coming decade. This welcome increase in funding will present major new opportunities for the higher education sector. However, it should be noted that the significant ramp up in investment will take place over time and particularly in the second half of the NDP period. 

In that context, a capital investment prioritisation framework, together with updated appraisal approaches, will be developed over the coming months to inform funding decisions and to ensure that maximum impact and value for money can be achieved from Exchequer investments. 

All project proposals under consideration for capital funding will be subject to detailed appraisal in accordance with the Public Spending Code.