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Technological University a ‘realistic and indispensable goal’ for South East – Cullinane

22 October, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking from Leinster House today about the news that merger talks between Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow have broken down, Sinn Féin senator David Cullinane has reiterated his support of the proposed merger, and his belief that not only does the Technological University of the South East have huge potential to revitalise the south east, but to mark a turning point in Irish education.

Senator Cullinane said:

“I was saddened to hear this morning of the suspension of merger talks between ITC and WIT. I spoke only last week that I was an enthusiastic supporter of a multi-campus TUSE. This merger and the others proposed in south Munster and Dublin are key government initiatives which need firmer checks and balances if they are to succeed. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the IT’s this month and I am keen to see that such progress is not wasted.

“The HEA and the Department of Education and Skills must take note of the serious implications that the suspension of these talks could have not only on the process of merging these two fine institutions of learning, but on the other ongoing mergers taking place. I would call on the Minister to give assurances that all appropriate efforts are being made to ensure that these processes are not being rushed or ignored, and when we can realistically expect these universities to be established.”

“We are dealing with separate entities with their other organisational cultures and structures and there will always be difficulties, but I would call again on all interested parties to work together in the spirit of their duty to current and prospective students to provide the highest level of learning that can be provided.” 

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