By Dan Walsh
“There will be a significant Wexford campus,” according to Senator Malcolm Byrne, who today (Wednesday) chaired a meeting of the Oireachtas members from the South East joined by Minister Simon Harris, the Chairs and Presidents of Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology, and Tom Boland, the project manager.
A number of matters were confirmed around the Technological University of the South East. A TUSE application will be lodged on April 28th and the plan is that the new university will come into being on January 1st 2022.
About €150 million in new capital investment is already committed to the university across the region. There will be a significant Wexford campus. There will be an additional bigger footprint for the Waterford campus.
There are nine working groups involving staff across the two institutions preparing for this project, however, “there is no ‘Plan B’ if this is rejected.”
Commenting Senator Byrne told WexfordLocal.com; “This is a hugely important project for our region and will result in potentially the fifth largest university in the State, a new institution next year. This has been one of my top priorities since becoming a member of the Oireachtas and it will be of enormous benefit to the social and economic development of the region when it is realised. Most importantly, it will be of benefit to learners across all our counties.”