The Castlebar campus of GMIT is to be the leader in establishing a new academic school of Nursing, Health Science and Well Being, as GMIT becomes a partner in a new Technological University for Connaught/Ulster. That’s according to the newly appointed President of GMIT Dr Orla Flynn.

Dr Flynn addressed this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council after councillors expressed serious concerns about the future of the Castlebar campus of the college.

Dr Flynn says she is striving to quash the ‘Galway versus Mayo narrative” that has plagued the Castlebar campus of the college in recent years.

Castlebar councillors voted last month for funding to be given to the Mayo campus directly rather than have it controlled through the Galway campus.

Dr Flynn explained that as part of the plans for a new Technological University for Connaught/Ulster a multi-disciplinary programme will continue at GMIT, Castlebar campus and no staff or students will be lost . “Mayo is going to be a University county and Castlebar is going to be a University town,” she told councillors.

Speaking to Midwest News today Dr Flynn explained her approach to quell the long running “Mayo versus Galway” debate around GMIT.



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