– Cassels Report published in July states that current funding arrangements are not sufficient –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has asked the Minister for Education and Skills in a Parliamentary Question to restore funding to third level institutions to 2009 levels.

“Since 2009 funding to third level institutions has decreased steadily year on year and it is now at a worrying level”.

“Our own DKIT is severely under-funded and much of the equipment and facilities they are working with are practically obsolete. They need a huge cash injection if they are to continue to offer the high standard of courses which they do, to increasing numbers of students”.

“The Cassels Report published in July this year outlined the funding needed if the Government are serious about the third level sector. If the issue is not tackled now we will see our universities and third level institutions slip further down the international rankings”.

“Ireland has always prided itself on the quality of our well-educated graduates which are needed to attract Foreign Direct Investment into our country and to drive our economy forward through innovation and research”.

“The Government must address the underinvestment in third level education in this budget and I will continue to work towards this aim”.

Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie