DIT to offer Colaiste Mhuire temporary accommodation

Following an urgent request from Colaiste Mhuire and the Department of Education and Science, DIT has taken a decision to provide the school with temporary accommodation to enable classes to resume.

One of Dublin's most established city-centre schools, Colaiste Mhuire was told before Christmas that its premises on Parnell Square had been deemed unsafe for occupation. The school was forced to close to allow significant renovation to be undertaken and despite their best efforts, and those of the Department, did not succeed in finding any building suitable for immediate occupation.

Faced with no other options, the school's Board of Management has asked DIT to allow the school to use space in its Mountjoy Square premises. DIT has recently moved students in the Faculty of Business from this building to its Aungier Street campus and is currently re-configuring the space to accommodate other departments of the Faculty of Applied Arts.

The President of DIT, Dr. Brendan Goldsmith said today that he was concerned that this was not an optimum solution, but DIT was glad to be of help to Colaiste Mhuire in the extreme circumstances in which it finds itself. "While it is not an easy task to accommodate the more formal requirements of a secondary school within a third-level environment, we will be asking our staff and students to accept that Colaiste Mhuire students urgently need to get back to classes.

The situation is a temporary one, and it is expected that the school will find a long term solution within 8-12 weeks." Dr. Goldsmith added that DIT was particularly concerned for Colaiste Mhuire's Junior Cert and Leaving Cert classes, and wanted to ensure that they would not be disadvantaged any further.

DIT will provide the facilities in Mountjoy Square to enable Colaiste Mhuire to resume classes from Wednesday 15 January.

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