An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has confirmed a significant multi-million euro investment in a new teaching block at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) in Budget 2018.
An Taoiseach said: “This is one of the most significant single investments in the ITB. I’m delighted to be able make this announcement as Taoiseach.
“This multi-million euro investment means the college will be able to teach more students in a range of disciplines, by developing new teaching facilities in a specially-designed building. The new teaching block is an important part of its Campus Masterplan.
“I’m delighted that my colleagues, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Education Minister Richard Bruton and Finance & Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe have recognised the great work being done at ITB. It also demonstrates the Government’s ongoing commitment to developing ITB in the years ahead.
“The Government is determined to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade. We have shown real commitment to developing and investing in ITB. Only last year almost €600,000 was allocated to ITB for new equipment and improvement programmes.
“Fine Gael has worked hard to restore the economy and improve people’s lives. By managing the economy carefully, we have been able to invest in education, healthcare and other public services, even in the darkest hours of the last decade. Now that the economy is back on track, we can do even more by investing in students and helping them to grow as individuals and get the education they need to qualify for well-paid jobs.
“ITB is an enormous asset to West Dublin, giving access to higher education in their local area, and producing graduates for local industries and businesses. It has come a long way 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 new Dublin University of Technology.
“I also want to acknowledge ITB’s commitment to expanding its facilities. Contracts have now been awarded for a €5.5 million Student Services Building, which will allow for another 200 student places.”
The project will be subject to ongoing technical appraisal and economic analysis to ensure value for money is achieved. This process will inform the final scale and scope of the project, which will be approved and announced prior to procurement.