The need for funding to expand St Angela's College in Sligo was highlighted in the Seanad this week by Roscommon-based Senator Frank Feighan.

He pointed out that St Angela's is the only home economics college in the country, and said the need for capital funding for larger classrooms and laboratories to accomodate the increase in student numbers has never been greater.

There was a 20% increase in student numbers in 2017 and a 10% increase last year.

Senator Feighan said there's an urgent need to replace the modular buildings, some of which are over a decade old.

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor said she recently held positive meetings with St Angela's College and NUI Galway on the wider incorportation issue, which included discussions on capital investment.

Officials from the Department and the Higher Education Authority visited the site last month to assess current facilities, and discuss the request for a major development of the campus.

The Minister said a business case is to be submitted shortly by St Angela's to the HEA for appraisal.

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