Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr John Curran
Dublin Mid West

03 February 2016

ITs under two pronged attack by FG/Lab – Curran

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin West Cllr John Curran maintains that Institutes of Technology are under a two pronged attack by the outgoing government.

“FG/Lab have doubled student fees, while cutting overall funding to ITs by 25% per student since 2012. Capital Funding to IoTs has fallen by about 49%, resulting in crumbing physical and research infrastructure on college campuses.

“Cuts have crippled the IT sector. Lecturer to Student ratios in ITs have gone from amongst the lowest (best) in 2008 to now amongst the highest (worst) in the OECD

“To add insult to injury, Minister Jan O’Sullivan is now trying to force mergers and rationalisation of ITs throughout the country with her misguided Technological Universities Bill. These mergers are cost saving measures, nothing else.

“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

“FF will Increase exchequer funding to universities to improve student/lecturer ratios, small group teaching and research in ITs as well as introducing a new 5-Year cycle of the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) funding package for Capital Investment, Refurbishment and Research Projects.

“We will ensure the Technological Universities Bill is scrapped in next Dáil. We support the establishment of Technological Universities but ITs should not be forced to merge,” added Cllr Curran.