Archdiocese offers DIT funding to have ‘Catholic place of worship’

The Dublin Archdiocese has offered DIT €500,000 to ensure a ‘place of Catholic worship’ will be put into place on the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman site.

This development was one of a number of controversial motions to arise at a recent heated meeting of DIT’s Student Council.

DIT SU President Glenn Fitzpatrick pointed out the possible conflict a ‘place of Catholic worship’ would bring to DIT when DIT SU openly supports equal marriage.

Upon rejecting the offer, Fitzpatrick noted “there are already plenty of places to go to mass in Dublin.”

It is expected that all of the DIT campuses will eventually merge and create a new university, based in Grangegorman.

Should these plans come to fruition, it is expected that DIT will see a 24 per cent increase in student numbers over the next fifteen years.

Another motion brought forward at the meeting last week was the role of a Students’ Union Events Officer at onsite DIT events.

Having reviewed the Events Officer’s position, Fitzpatrick said there has been less negative publicity about DIT since DIT SU took over events management.

The council also discussed plans to open a new SU shop in DIT. Fitzpatrick is taking the lead in this to ensure these shops are not designed to commercially exploit DIT students.

Elaine Carroll

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