Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has praised the work of DkIT President Dr Michael Mulvey, staff and students following a visit to the campus on 21st June 2019.
Gerry Adams said,
“I met with Dr Mulvey in March and at that time we discussed outreach by DKIT to prospective students in the North and from underrepresented communities in Dundalk.
“On Friday I was delighted to lead a cross border delegation including Sinn Féin representatives Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Chris Hazzard MP, Emma Rogan MLA, Megan Fearon MLA and Cllr Oonagh Hanlon.
“The Coordinator of Muirhevnamor Local Training Initiative, Gerry Bradley, Emma Maguire and Donna Conroy From the International Fund for Ireland project in Cox’s Demesne and Manager of the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, Colin Roche, also attended.
“DKIT has a student population of over 5000, yet only 250 of these come from the north of Ireland.
“In fact there are currently more international students at DKIT than northern students.
“I am delighted to learn of the outreach work that DKIT is doing to promote the Institute across the north. The staff have converted all BTEC and A Level qualifications into the relevant Leaving Cert points equivalents so potential northern students can easily check appropriate courses.
“I encourage Students from across the north to consider DKIT for further and higher education.”
Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú who also attended stated;
“I thank all of the staff at DKIT who took time on Friday afternoon to present to the delegation.
“I was particularly interested in work of the Regional Development Centre, through which DKIT supports indigenous business start ups. This work is essential to ensure high value jobs are created in this region.
“I also commend the College Connect project which is involved in outreach to underrepresented groups and communities and offers alternative pathways to accessing third level education.
“I will continue to liaise with DKIT staff and communities across Louth to ensure that this world class facility is fully supported and utilised.”