Northern Ireland

Letterkenny Institute unveils 8m euro land deal

The Letterkenny Institute of Technology has purchased 76 acres of land worth 8m euros which will provide space for the institution's future expansion.

The deal includes ten acres directly opposite LYIT on Port Road, as well as 66 acres beside Knocknamona roundabout.

LYIT President Paul Hannigan said it would enable them to "plan confidently for the future".

"We've had the smallest landholding of any institute of technology in Ireland," he said.

"Because of our position in the centre of Letterkenny we've effectively become landlocked.

"Our aim is to concentrate our academic activity on the Port Road site and provide additional carparking, and develop playing pitches, additional sporting facilities and standalone activities on the Knocknamona site."

LYIT has a population of almost 3,000 students, and is expected to grow by 25% in the next four years.

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