Deering – Welcomes announcement of €1.5m for South East Technological University Project by the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

22nd June, 2016

Deering – Welcomes announcement of €1.5m for South East Technological University Project by the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering has welcomed the announcement of a major investment of €1.5mn in the South East Technological University Project by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Deering said “earlier this year of the Governing Bodies of Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology recommenced discussions on the creation of a Technological University of the South East.

“The Institutes submitted a proposal for funding to support the creation of a support infrastructure in line with the recommendations of the Kelly report. The investment of €1.5m will enable both the Institutes to develop and implement an action plan to lead to Technological University for the South East.

The two South East Institutes are committed to delivering a university of international standing for the region in support of economic and social development and this investment by the HEA will help advance this process.

Deering added “It is imperative that the legislation required to enable the creation of the Technological University is also enacted to enable the creation of a university for the South East and I asked the Taoiseach about the issue this week in the Dáil.

The Taoiseach replied “As Deputy Deering is aware, that is one of the Bills that have been restored to the Order Paper of the Dáil and will resume on Committee Stage. The Government continues to see the technological university potential for the south east as being a priority and part of the region’s overall development”.

Deputy Deering stated, “This commitment is most welcome especially for Carlow to feed a growing jobs market. And I welcome this next step on the path for the proposed Technological University for the South-East (TUSE) – consisting of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow”.