Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jack Chambers
Dublin West

04 February 2016

Fianna Fáil will scrap Labour’s forced mergers of Institutes of Technology – Chambers

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin West Cllr Jack Chambers has confirmed that the party will not support the Technological Universities Bill.” It will be up to the next government to decide whether to progress with the Bill. ITs should not be forced to merge.”

“If passed this Bill would lead to a dramatic reduction in the provision of academic programmes and courses in many institutes, including Blanchardstown IT.

“The Minister’s attempt to force mergers and consolidation is a cost saving measure pure and simple. There are absolutely no academic or logical reasons that just because an IT merges with a neighbouring IT that it should be any more, or less eligible, to be given University status.

“We need to ensure that Fine Gael and Labour are not involved with the next government and are not able to proceed with this regressive Bill which will decimate the Institute of Technology sector.

“Fianna Fáil will not support the Technological Universities Bill in next Dáil. We support the establishment of Technological Universities, however, we believe that ITs should be eligible to apply for Technological University status on their own without the necessity of a merger. ITs should not be forced to merge,” said Cllr Chambers.

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