President of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Fergal Barry has been meeting staff in Castlebar to brief them on the financial situation facing the college. 

It follows concern about the long-term viability of the Mayo operation, due to ongoing funding issues. 

It is understood there is a €2m deficit associated with the campus in Castlebar. 

Last month, GMIT told the Higher Education Authority that it could no longer support the facility from its own resources. 

It is understood the institute is seeking a review of the HEA policy, to take account of the multi-location campus model it operates.

At present, third-level institutions receive funding based on student numbers but there is no provision to allow for additional monies to support operations at different locations.

There are fears in Castlebar that programmes may be scaled back in light of the financial situation.

At today's meeting, Prof Barry briefed staff on the discussions with the HEA.

He also named Michael Gill as the acting head of the Castlebar campus, following the resignation last week of Deirdre Garvey.

She is stepping down from her current role and returning to lecturing duties in the New Year. 

The Castlebar facility, which was established in 1994, is one of three that make up GMIT.

The main campus is located in Galway and college also has a presence in Letterfrack, Co Galway. 

The HEA says it is aware of the challenges in relation to the Mayo centre and is working with the Institute of Technology.

While it would not comment on the substance of discussions with the IT's governing body last week, the HEA says the funding issue is reflective of a wider problem across the third-level sector.