Gerry Adams TD leads delegation to meet DKIT President and Staff

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.”
 

Sinn Féin Councillors Meet New DkIT SU President

Cllr Ruairi, Maria Maguire and Cllr Anne Campbell

Dundalk South Councillors Ruairi O Murchu and Anne Campbell met with the newly-elected president of Dundalk IT’s students’ union, Maria Maguire, earlier this week.

In a joint statement, the Sinn Féin representatives said they were “very pleased to listen to and speak with Maria, a mature student, and vice president Aaron Geagan at the meeting at DkIT.”

The councillors said: “Very shortly after Maria’s election, we were in touch with her to set up a meeting to hear about some of the concerns the students at Dundalk IT have. We were very pleased with the positivity from Maria and Aaron and we spoke about a number of issues, not least the pressing issue of the lack of suitable accommodation for students and how this means that some of them are commuting from 7am to make it in time for lectures.”

Among the other matters discussed included the college’s application, made in 2017, for around €16 million in capital funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), as well as canteen facilities and parking for students on or near the campus.

The councillors said: “It was a good meeting for us to hear directly about students’ concerns and we will remain in touch with Maria and Aaron over the coming academic year to assist as much as we can.

“They have some great ideas for improving and enhancing student life at the college and we are supportive of their efforts to make DklT a great place for students from Dundalk and further afield.”

Adams welcomes increased numbers of northern students for DkIT

Ard Fheis 8Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed news that Dundalk Institute of Technology has seen a “significant increase in the number of students from the north taking up courses.”

Teachta Adams said: “I have met the senior staff from DKIT several times in recent years and our discussions have always included how DKIT and the education system in this state can make it more attractive for students from the north to apply for places.

“Overall the number of students from the six counties who apply to enroll in third level education institutions in the south is small. It has averaged around only 0.5% of the student population. More needs to be done to improve this situation.

“One specific issue that has long needed to be addressed is the admissions criteria which is a matter for the individual institutions. The points system in this state means that most successful A Level students in the north who normally complete three A Levels – which are sufficient to secure university entrance within that education system – cannot reach the number of points needed for universities and institutes of technology in the south.

“I welcome the decision by DKIT to award additional points for A Level and BTEC exams and to allow students from the north taking a combination of A Levels, applied A Levels and BTEC exams to combine these for scoring purposes.

I also support the decision by the seven universities in the south to introduce new admissions criteria from September.

“The initiative taken by DKIT has seen a doubling of applications to it from the north. However there is enormous potential for greater growth.

More students travelling to third level education institutions on either side of the border is good for the students, for the education system and for society.”