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Grangegorman Development Agency must be inclusive - Crowe

26 May, 2006

Speaking in the Dáil this week, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Seán Crowe TD challenged the Education Minister Mary Hanafin to ensure that the Grangegorman Development Agency be inclusive.

Deputy Crowe said, “The agency should be inclusive and, given that DIT Student’s Union represents more than 21,000 students, I hope the Minister will consider the appointment of a student representative.  The other agencies and stakeholders will be represented and it would be positive if the students’ union was involved in the early work of the agency.

“While I accept the students are represented on the consultative group, perhaps the Minister will consider the appointment of a representative of the student body to the agency.

Responding Minister Hanafin stated “I must wait to see who is nominated by the other bodies before I can determine my appointments”

Speaking later Deputy Crowe accused the Minister of fudging the issue.  “The Grangegorman Development Agency Act 2005 provides for a total membership of 15 in the agency, the Minister can appoint 6. This agency will have a vital role in the relocation of DIT, which is spread over 30 different sites in Dublin, to a 65-acre campus in Grangegorman.  The Minister should stop fudging this issue and get on with facilitating student representation on this agency.  After all they are one of the largest stake-holders in this project.” ENDS

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