NUI Maynooth is embarking on a €150m development plan thanks to a low interest loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The Co Kildare college, the country's fastest growing university, will construct state-of-the-art academic, research and residence facilities as it prepares to grow enrolments by almost 20pc in the next five years.
Half the money will be provided by the EIB on a 23-year fixed loan, at a 2pc interest rate, and the university will fund the balance from its resources.
Maynooth is one of a number of Irish universities to turn to the EIB for funding for infrastructural development in the face of a lack of cash in State coffers.
Death of ex-councillor
TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the country's longest-serving councillors, who died yesterday following a long illness.
Danny Kissane was first elected to Kerry County Council in 1967 for the Killorglin area and served as a Fine Gael councillor for 32 years and as chairman in 1989/1990.
He was re-elected at every local election but did not seek re-election in 1999.
His former colleague, Michael O'Connor-Scarteen, described him as a "colourful" character, who worked doggedly for his constituents. He is survived by his wife Nora and three children.
Arrest Oisin death
A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of 13-year-old schoolboy Oisin McGrath.
The young GAA player passed away in hospital several days after he was injured in a playground incident at St Michael's College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
The PSNI yesterday confirmed a 17-year-old male, who was arrested last week, was rearrested for questioning. Det Chief Insp Gareth Talbot from the PSNI said the youth was interviewed yesterday and later released on continuing bail. Oisin's organs were donated to save five lives
Diaspora Centre axed
The Government has axed plans for a National Diaspora Centre, citing funding constraints.
Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe said he wants tourism funding spent in a manner that achieves the "optimum tourism impact" and said Failte Ireland will continue to invest in major projects such as the Wild Atlantic Way.
It was envisaged a centre could attract up to 500,000 visitors a year.