Castlebar councillor Donna Sheridan has welcomed the announcement of Technological University for the West and North West, but questioned if it is a rebranding exercise with a change in Management structure and a different name on the degree.

The Fine Gael councillor was speaking at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, pointing out that the Castlebar campus is now a “smaller fish in a bigger pond”, and is worried that it could be left behind.

She expressed concern about the reduction in CAO courses now on offer at the Castlebar campus of the college.

Nursing and health care courses are primarily what are on offer to undergraduate students this year.

Sixteen years ago, she said the Castlebar campus offered courses in Nursing, Business, Construction, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Outdoor education, tourism heritage, business in computer applications.

At yesterday’s meeting, councillors backed councillor Sheridan’s motion calling for additional capital investment for the Castlebar campus, the reinstatement of the business and the engineering courses at the college, the need for a Research and development facility and securing a seat on the board of the Technical University

Afterwards she spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about her concerns that the new university status may just be "rebranding" for Castlebar...