Future Of Tipp Institute In Grave Doubt

Tipperary Institute Thurles

Tipperary Institute Thurles

The Tipperary Institute will definitely close if a long term viable future is not immediately secured.
North Tipperary Independent Deputy Michael Lowry, says the college must now have a workable plan for the future before the Minister for Education, Mr Batt O’Keeffe will lift the threat of closure.

“An Bord Snip Nua”, charged with finding billions in savings, across all Government departments and the public sector, has recommended that the Tipperary Institute should be abolished as part of proposed rationalisation measures and the campus  be disposed of for the benefit of the Exchequer.

Members of the Board of Directors of Tipperary Institute are expected to meet their colleagues from Limerick Institute of Technology over the coming months  for initial talks on a possible future relationship.

Meanwhile the Ursuline Convent Secondary School here in Thurles is numbered among the countries Top Ten feeder schools for Third Level Education in Ireland. It comes as no great surprise to locals, that the Ursuline Convent had a 100% record this year with all 134 members of its 2009 Leaving Certificate Class going on to further third level education. Well done Ursulines.

Here is a thought – I wonder is Sister Berchmans on the Board of Directors of the Tipperary Institute and if not, why not?  Maybe it is time that the Minister for Education and Science, who governs the Institute, appointed directors who have a real passion,coupled with a proven record in education.
To quote the Ursuline Order’ s school motto “Many hands build a house, So many hearts make a school”.

Anyone have workable plans out there that you would like to share with us? It would save us having to take to the streets again.


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