€35m funding for Dublin college projects

Building work of €35 million for two Dublin colleges was announced this morning by Tanaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan.

St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, are receiving €30 million for a new facility and the refurbishment of current building. The work is to include lecture theatres, libraries and offices. It is expected to be finished in 2012.

Enrolment at St Patrick’s College, owned by Dublin City University, has doubling over the past decade from 1,024 for 1999/2000 to 2,500 for 2009/2010. The project is designed by architects RMJM Scotland in partnership with Taylor Architects of Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Meanwhile, €5 million will go to a new National Film School at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Work is expected to start next week.

The film school will be designed to accommodate 385 students, with courses in film, television and radio in the one building.

The Tanaiste also approved funding for what was described as “health and safety works” at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, Dublin.

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