Farewell Grangegorman

A quarter of a century has passed since the idea of consolidatiing DIT at Grangegorman was first mooted. Indeed I thiink that I was writing about the idea ever before DIT came into existence.

Now, with a rub of the Government erasure, this enlightened idea has been swept aside.

So to-day my thoughts are with those who had the original concept, people like Bob Lawlor who worked on its development for many years, the planners, designers, architects who had made an input over decades, the academics who had worked out the fine detail of bringing several diverse colleges together on a single campus and the boys and girls still at school who dreamed of being educated at a new state of the art Institute.

Surely this is a huge missed oppportunity to create somethign special in Irish third level education and perhaps lead to a new University. The economics made perfect sense during the Celtic Tiger era and it is galling to think now that the various DIT colleges could have been sold four or five years ago and that the proceeds would virtually pay for the new campus.

It is only a slight consolation that some elements of the project may still go ahead.

But it is not to be. Maybe, sometime when property values increase and we have a Government prepared to make Third Level education a high priority, the project might bve revived.

But I wouldn't be holding my breath




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