independent

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Chamber group approach Minister about university

LOCAL business organisations under the umbrella group of South East Chambers have urged newly appointed Education and Science Minister Batt O'Keeffe T.D., to approve the establishment of a University of the South East.Speaking this week, Eric Barron, Chairman of South East Chambers declared If this region is to be put on a par with the other regions in the country it needs an e

LOCAL business organisations under the umbrella group of South East Chambers have urged newly appointed Education and Science Minister Batt O'Keeffe T.D., to approve the establishment of a University of the South East.

Speaking this week, Eric Barron, Chairman of South East Chambers declared If this region is to be put on a par with the other regions in the country it needs an education facility with will allow for its long term growth, expansion and ultimate sustainability'.

With a population of close on 500,000 in the region, South East Chambers, which represents counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, is keen to see this issue brought to a conclusion.

Continuing, Eric Barron added The ultimate configuration of the University, whether it be multi-campus or otherwise is immaterial to us, we strongly feel that the decision in principal should be made now'.

South East Chambers has been active in the recent past lobbying elected politicians and the business community on this issue and the time has now come, Mr Barron feels, to gain maximum support for the region. This region needs a University and I am urging Minister O'Keeffe seize the day and approve a University of the South East. Within the spatial strategy of Gateways and Hubs announced by government this region remains without University designation and now is the time to correct this,' he said.

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