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18/09/2021

'A great day for Laois and Offaly' - Charlie Flanagan TD on Athlone university status

'A great day for Laois and Offaly' - Charlie Flanagan on Athlone university announcement

The announcement today that the Midlands is to get a new Technological University has been welcomed by Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan.

“This is a great day for the Laois/Offaly and the Midlands area and this morning’s announcement will not only benefit students and staff but also businesses and communities.

“A large number of students across the Laois/Offaly constituency attend AIT and they will now be able to study in a university closer to their home. This will not only help address the regional imbalance but it will also  increase opportunities for students, enterprise and regional stakeholders," Deputy Flanagan said.

“I am very much looking forward to this new TU bringing these benefits across the Laois, Offaly and beyond," he added.

His party colleague Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris has announced that Athlone Institute of Technology will be dissolved and a new TU will be established.

“This is another hugely important day for higher education in Ireland and in particular for the Midlands and Mid-West regions. The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving and the people of the Midlands and Mid-West will be at the heart both geographically and practically of that evolution.

“This new TU – our third since 2019 - will now take its rightful place in the higher education landscape in the country’s heartlands. The new higher education institution of increased scale and reach will benefit the students and communities of Westmeath, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Offaly to name but some of the counties which will be served by the new university,” Minister Harris said.

Meanwhile Carlow IT and Waterford IT are applying jointly to make a Technological University for the south east. Carlow and Waterford ITs are the most popular choices for Laois third level students.  Read more on that here. 

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