Limerick TD and Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the allocation of €536,662 from Minister Simon Harris to the three Higher Education institutions in Limerick, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology.
The University of Limerick is to receive €339,201 for a number of different projects including development of an occupational therapist post and other supports for students with disabilities.
Mary Immaculate College receives €67,911 for works that will include the development of quiet zones for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and mental health issues.
Limerick Institute of Technology receives €129,550 for a range of projects to assist students with disabilities including training and support for the delivery of special education at third level.
The allocation are being made to projects that are collaborations with Dublin City University and Technological University Dublin.
Welcoming the allocations Patrick O’Donovan said “This represents a major injection of funding by Minister Simon Harris into the third level sector here in Limerick and is aimed at supporting students and staff in our third level colleges with inclusion at centre of the themes of all of the projects that have received funding.”
“I know from working with Simon Harris for the last number of years that he has a very keen interest in promoting inclusion and investment into supports for the disability sector and special education. This funding represents a significant contribution from the Government to the local third level educational sector and I look forward to further allocations like this in the time ahead.”