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Sinn Féin calls for Dáil debate on Cork IT and IT Tralee merger – O’Brien

10 February, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following concerns were raised by the TUI Cork Colleges’ Branch around the proposed merger between CIT and IT Tralee; Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on Minister Jan O’Sullivan to meet with the stakeholders in order to address their concerns.

 Deputy O’Brien said:

 “Charging ahead with policy change in education without paying heed to the concerns of those expected to actually deliver the changes is a hallmark of this government.”

  “The TUI members in both CIT and IT Tralee have raised legitimate concerns around the proposed merger citing project reduced course provisions in both institutes and a lack of clarity around the government’s financial commitment to the process.”

 “Even members of the Public Accounts Committee have expressed concerns about the costs involved.”

 “It is perfectly reasonable to express concerns about the merger if there is the potential that the Higher Education Authority may refuse technological university status and they will be left as two merged under-resourced institutions.”

 “I have requested a Dáil debate on the matter for tomorrow and am calling on the Minister to meet with the TUI members to hear their concerns and further for the HEA to meet with the TUI as well.” 

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