By Dan Walsh
Speaking in Seanad Éireann on Tuesday, Senator Malcolm Byrne participated in a discussion on the future of the technological sector and highlighted the broad ambition for a university for the South East.
Minister for Future and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Deputy Simon Harris, spoke about prioritised capital investment, but according to Senator Byrne “what we do not want to see in the South East is simply a name change. When we consider a multi-campus university with campuses in Waterford, Carlow and Wexford, it is crucial there would also be significant investments to allow the technological universities to be able to complete not only internationally but nationally. I am conscious the Minister was on South East Radio recently confirming commitments to the Wexford campus. If there is any update on that, I would be grateful if he would share that.”
Deputy Harris reaffirmed the Government commitment “to provide a site for, let us call it, the Wexford campus of the technological university for the South East,” and he added; “I am limited in what I can say other than there is active engagement on it. When people in Wexford hear that, I am conscious they will have heard there has been active engagement for many years. Let me say there is active engagement that I expect to be brought to a fruitful conclusion shortly. There is an absolute concrete commitment, pardon the pun, from the Government to delivering a Wexford campus for TUSE (Technological University of the South East).
Deputy Harris continued; “I want to assure the Senator of that. I want to acknowledge at this committee the assistance of Wexford County Council, particularly its chief executive, in that regard and the major work being done by IT Carlow. In terms of time, I will not go further than that, but I reiterate that commitment.”
The chair for this discussion was Wexford TD, Paul Kehoe.