Cross-border further education funds welcomed

Elisha McCallion MP.
Elisha McCallion MP.

Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed an announcement of €250,000 in funding from the Irish Government towards the work of the North West Strategic Partnership in developing education links.

Speaking after the announcement on Friday, the Foyle MP said: “Today’s funding announcement is welcome news for the north west in terms of developing our further and higher education colleges.

“The funding has been available to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology to allow them to collaborate further with the North West Regional College, Donegal Education Training Board and Ulster University to develop projects which focus on student development and opening up pathways for young people.”

Mrs. McCallion said increased co-operation across education in the north west is key to the success and continued development of a first class education system across the region.

“This initiative demonstrates how this region can prosper when different people work together to deliver on key projects,” she said.

“The economic potential of the north west region has not yet been realised, we need to build on the foundations of existing collaborations in health, education and infrastructure.

“Our unique Strategic Growth Plan includes cross-border links and I will continue to work with local stakeholders, the two governments and the Councils to ensure this comes to fruition.”