Government Cuts at the heart of Waterford IT issues – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane said today that years of cuts to Waterford Institute of Technology’s funding have played a central role in its current financial situation and need to be addressed.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I asked Minister Richard Bruton to outline the cuts at WIT and he said that the institute is in year one of a three-year programme of so-called ‘cost-saving’ measures in order to return to a balanced budget.
“The reality is that the Department and the HEA want WIT to achieve the impossible; grow in student numbers while cutting investment in staff and facilities.
“This was acknowledged by the HEA in March of this year when it said that the decline in funding has been a contributory factor in the reason why WIT is in deficit.
“You cannot cut your way to growth.
“We need to see levels of funding for WIT that are reflective of the demands put on it by the HEA in terms of future growth and development.
“Ultimately, these are political decisions and it one that the Department and the HEA have to act upon if we are to see the south East develop as a region.”