The President of the University of Limerick, Dr. Des Fitzgerald, has announced that the university has now signed contracts with Dunnes Stores to acquire a 5,500 sq. meter riverside former shopping centre belonging to the company on the river at Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick City.
The purchase of the Dunnes site represents the largest ever development in Higher Education in Limerick City centre. Dr. Fitzgerald paid tribute to Dunnes for facilitating the deal and for their support for the university’s plans for a city centre campus.
The President made the announcement at the annual UL President’s Gala Dinner organised by the University of Limerick Foundation. The dinner took place in Adare Manor this evening (Friday) and was attended by 350 guests including the Chancellor of the University, Ms. Mary Harney, and the Chairperson of the University of Limerick Foundation, Mrs. Loretta Brennan Glucksman.
Separately, Dr. Fitzgerald has also confirmed that the university is to start construction on a new access route on the northern part of the campus which will open the campus for the first time to Co. Clare. The access route will facilitate the plans of Clare County Council to develop an economic development zone adjoining the campus .
Speaking today, Dr. Fitzgerald said that the developments were part of the university’s strategy to prepare for the next fifty-years; “if the university is to continue to be an important part of the regional infrastructure, we need to plan now for the needs of the region over the coming decades. We can’t let the university be defined simply by its location close to Limerick city. We must create a regional and national institution which will support economic, cultural and social development right across the region and indeed more widely across the country for decades to come.”