Update for week of 11 January 2016

Update on Grangegorman Campus and TU legislation

Dear colleagues,

As we look forward to 2016, I am delighted to be able to report good progress on two of our major projects – the Grangegorman campus development and enabling legislation for the designation of Technological Universities.

As you know, there has been considerable progress on the Grangegorman campus to date, but finalisation of construction contract for the central and east quads has been delayed somewhat as a result of a court challenge.  The NDFA, with the support of the Department of Education and Skills (on behalf of GDA and DIT) asked the High Court to permit the contract to proceed.  The Court has found in favour of the State and the NDFA in this matter.  We are delighted to inform you that we received confirmation today that contract negotiations will now go ahead with the preferred tenderer.

While we have lost a number of months' progress, we can now look forward to the project getting back on track and re-engaging with user teams across the Institute to bring the contract to a successful conclusion.   This is not only great news for DIT, but also for the large number of people who will be employed in this next construction phase. Construction will commence in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Technological Universities Bill 2015 passed 2nd Stage in the Dáil last Thursday.  The full Bill and the explanatory and financial memoranda are now available on the Oireachtas website here.  Following the 2nd Stage debate, Minister O’Sullivan said she intends to bring the Bill to the Select Committee as soon as possible in the New Year, with a view to passing the legislation before the end of the current Dáil. 

So on that positive note, may I wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and I look forward to working with you in 2016!

Kind regards,