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Thursday 16 August 2018

Councillors take different sides in South East University row

Wexford councillors lined up either side of the bitter Carlow/Waterford education divide on Monday as they considered a campaign for the establishment of a University for the South East last week.Weighing in on the Carlow side of the argument was Cllr. Padge Reck who complained that the Waterford lobby would have nothing to do with Carlow. He complained that Waterford wanted to

Wexford councillors lined up either side of the bitter Carlow/Waterford education divide on Monday as they considered a campaign for the establishment of a University for the South East last week.

Weighing in on the Carlow side of the argument was Cllr. Padge Reck who complained that the Waterford lobby would have nothing to do with Carlow. He complained that Waterford wanted to control health, tourism and ports in the region and that they now wanted to add higher education to the list.

Don't believe that they are looking out for the rest of us,' he advised. They don't give a hoot for anyone else.' He was backed by Cllr. Anna Fenlon who said she was not shedding any tears over Waterford.

She pointed to the success of the further education campus at St. Peter's College, associated with Carlow, where numbers of students have risen to 600, until there is no room to accommodate any more.

However, Cllr. Jimmy Curtis argued passionately that the best chance of bringing a university campus to the South East lay with Waterford. This would not rule out the possibility of out-reach' centres around the region, such as Waterford I.T. already has with Enniscorthy, he suggested.

He was backed by Cllr. Pat Codd who observed that anything put up by Waterford was being knocked by Carlow.

He said the Carlow lobby was selfish, their attitude underpinned by the fact that their town is only one hour away from Dublin with its wide choice of third level facilities.

If we want a university in the South East, we may work together,' he commented.

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