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Dr Collins (pictured) is already chairperson of IT Blanchardstown, one of DIT's two partners in the Dublin-based alliance that is seeking university status. The Institute of Technology Tallaght is the third member.

Dr Collins (pictured) is already chairperson of IT Blanchardstown, one of DIT's two partners in the Dublin-based alliance that is seeking university status. The Institute of Technology Tallaght is the third member.

Dr Collins (pictured) is already chairperson of IT Blanchardstown, one of DIT's two partners in the Dublin-based alliance that is seeking university status. The Institute of Technology Tallaght is the third member.

A MERGER of DIT and two other Dublin institutes of technology could happen in August, if the necessary legislation is in place before the summer.

The link-up between DIT and the institutes in Tallaght and Blanchardstown will pave the way for the creation of Ireland's first technological university.

The three colleges formed an alliance four years ago to pursue university status, and the merger will be the first tangible evidence of change ahead.

If all goes according to plan, the Dublin partnership will became a technological university in 2016. But legislation has to be in place for a merger to happen.

DIT chairman, Dr Tom Collins, who is also chair of the governing authority of IT Blanchardstown said that if the legislation is passed in the first half of the year, August is the target date for the merger.

The creation of the new institution is set to coincide with the consolidation of DIT on its Grangegorman campus, covering 73 acres in Dublin's north inner city, in September 2017, complete with its own stop on the new Luas line.

DIT is currently dotted around several locations.

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