Varadkar welcomes €600,000 funding for Blanch IT

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Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has welcomed almost €600,000 in Government funding for Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) for new equipment and improvement programmes.

“I’m delighted to confirm €595,000 in funding for IT Blanchardstown which can be spent on improvement works, new equipment and ICT facilities, and for any necessary health & safety maintenance. The Department of Education funding is allocated according to enrolment numbers. Colleges have to deliver value for money in order to qualify,” Minister Varadkar said.

“During our time in Government, Fine Gael has worked hard to restore economic growth and improve people’s lives. Thanks to careful economic management, we can invest in key public services that will make a real difference to people. And by investing in our colleges, we are giving students the opportunity to grow as individuals and to secure the qualifications needed to get well-paid jobs.

“IT Blanchardstown is an enormous asset to West Dublin providing the opportunity to access higher education locally and producing lots of graduates for local industries and businesses to employ. It has developed considerably since it was established by the 1994-97 Fine Gael-led government as a Regional Technical College. We now plan to go further by making it a campus of the Dublin Institute of Technology.”