Cullinane seeks meeting with Minister for Education on WIT
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has today written to the Minister for Education Richard Bruton requesting a meeting to discuss the funding crisis at WIT. He said news of cost cutting measures and the appointment by the HEA of an external financial advisor is causing anger and concern within the institute.
Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said;
“I have today written to the Minister for Education Richard Bruton seeking an urgent meeting to discuss funding at WIT. The funding crisis at the institute and the high accumulated deficit will lead to drastic cuts unless the Government intervene.
“It was the Department who created the crisis through a decade of cuts. It is the Department who can equally fix the problem by properly re-investing in the institute.
"In 2008 the total state funding for WIT from core grants and fees was €50,338,226. This was reduced to €32,682 by 2016.
“These cuts are the main reason why the institute is now in deficit. Rather than accepting this reality and re-investing in WIT the Department and the HEA are overseeing drastic cost containment measures at the institute.
"It is clear that the Department are happy to make students and staff pay for Government cuts. This is completely unacceptable and must be challenged. It is important that the Minister for Education is called to account and becomes part of the solution.”