Minister Simon Harris with new principal of Cavan Institute, Niall McVeigh.

Minister opens education and training facility at Barracks site

Minister Simon Harris will officially open the new Education and Training Facility at Cavan Institute on the Dublin Road today.

The significant investment in training facilities aims to improve the learning experience for students attending the facility located at the former Dún Uí Neill Army barracks.

Approximately 300 students attend the facility, which now features a recording studio, a performance space for theatre and music, beauty therapy salons, a spa and hydrotherapy facility, computer laboratories, science laboratories, sports therapy practical training rooms, student social spaces, and a fully equipped gym.

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science was "delighted" to cut the ribbon and meet the young people who will benefit.

"This state of the art facility will make a real difference to the educational journey of students in the Cavan Institute," said Minister Harris.

“The Education and Training Facility marks a significant development for learners and communities in the Cavan Monaghan region, but also an important milestone in the evolution of FET facilities.

“Under my Department’s FET College of the future Major Projects Fund, a huge project was approved for the development of a 1,000-pupil facility for Cavan Institute which is proceeding to the next stage of the assessment process now.

“While that project is progressing, and to provide more suitable interim accommodation, I approved the acquisition and fit out of this significant modular unit to provide an enhanced learning environment.”