Capital funding has been approved in principle for a new Library/Learning Resource Centre at Mary Immaculate College, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Limerick Senator Maria Byrne said the investment will help create a combination of learning resource space, teaching facilities, study spaces and areas to house specialist collections.
Senator Byrne said: “The approval in principle for capital funding for this project is a huge vote of confidence in Mary Immaculate College and in higher education in the Mid West.
“The project has the potential to deliver on a range of strategic objectives and will result in state of the art learning facilities, supporting an inclusive and climate friendly environment.
“‘I started this journey with the late Professor Michael Hayes and I am delighted that now, under the leadership of Professor Eugene Wall, this project is moving forward.”
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris said: “I want to acknowledge the work of Mary Immaculate College and the HEA in getting us to this stage with this project. I also want to commend the work that they do in providing, supporting, and coordinating a comprehensive range of education that are responsive to the needs of learners and local communities. It is so vitally important that our student body reflects the diversity of the student population, particularly our future educators.”
The project announced today will now move forward to the pre-tender stage with a view to advancing the development in consultation with relevant stakeholders.