A Mayo TD has expressed her disappointment at the recent decision to suspend the Honours Course in Digital Media and Society course at the Castlebar GMIT campus.

Fianna Fail Deputy Lisa Chambers says it was a shock to hear of the suspension of the course, as just last month Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor reiterated the Government’s commitment to the future sustainability of the Mayo campus.

Deputy Chambers says it’s completely unacceptable and questions need to be answered as to why this decision was taken.

The GMIT Working Group report was published in December 2017. This report listed key recommendations on how to secure the future sustainability of the campus. Deputy Chambers says as the situation currently stands, this report is yet to be implemented.

She says there was two key points of the report. One was the appointment of an external facilitator to oversee the implementation of the report’s recommendations and two, was the appointment of a head of campus. Neither of which has been done to date.

Deputy Chambers says people are furious, and rightly so, as changes shouldn’t be made like cutting courses until the report has been implemented.

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