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Limerick colleges granted €5m funding to create accessible and energy efficient campuses

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Limerick colleges funding – Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), University of Limerick (UL) and Mary Immaculate College together will receive over €5 million to make campuses more accessible and energy efficient.

€40m has been allocated to third-level institutions across the country under the new scheme

Green Party councillor for Limerick City North, Saša Novak, has welcomed the news that Limerick’s higher education institutions are to make their facilities more accessible and energy conscious.

More than €5 million has been allocated in grants to third-level colleges in Limerick to make their facilities more accessible and energy efficient.

Institutions receiving grants include the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), which received almost €3 million, The University of Limerick (UL) with over €2.1m in funding, and Mary Immaculate College, receiving €663,527.

Saša Novak, Green Party councillor for Limerick City North welcomed the Limerick colleges funding news, commenting; “I am really pleased to see the funding that has been made available to support universal access and for energy efficiency and decarbonisation upgrades in TUS, UL, and other colleges across Ireland.

“It is time that we call on our higher education institutions to be more innovative and futuristic, and with this funding, I believe they will be able to make significant progress on this goal. As a former student of UL, I know that this funding will be invaluable. It is clear to see that higher education facilities in Ireland are moving with the times in terms of accessibility and sustainability.”

A total of €40m has been allocated to third-level institutions across the country under the new scheme, which was announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris. The funding is to be used for building works to support universal access, energy efficiency upgrades, ICT upgrades, health and safety works and building upgrades.

Following the announcement, Minister Harris commented, “Across our sector, we can play the lead in responding to the great challenges of our time – how we meet our climate targets, how we make Ireland better for people with disabilities, how we improve access to education for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

“This funding forms part of ongoing investment in the higher education sector under Project Ireland 2040 and reaffirms a strong commitment to public investment in higher education infrastructure.”

Project Ireland 2040 is the government’s long-term overarching strategy to make Ireland a better country for all and to build a more resilient and sustainable future. 

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