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Thursday 18 July 2019

Step forward for SE university

Maria Pepper

Plans for a new Technological University in the South East have taken an important step forward.

according to Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe who confirmed that a Memorandum of Understanding was agreed last week.

The Memorandum of Understanding is between Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI). The deal, agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), will be put to a staff ballot this week.

If members vote in favour, a major hurdle towards the establishment of a Technological University will have been cleared, said Minister Kehoe who worked closely with the team behind the project and believes this is an important step

'While there is still a fair distance to go, this means that agreement has been reached with the key trade union that represents staff at both Waterford and Carlow IT's. We must now await the outcome of the ballot', he said.

Commenting on the potential of the third level facility, Minister Kehoe said: 'A strong Technological University will enhance the south east and provide huge new opportunities in terms of education and jobs for the people of Wexford and surrounding counties.'

He said the Government is working hard to deliver jobs and economic growth across every region of the country to the benefit of communities and families. 'This will further enhance our plans to ensure the recovery continues to spread beyond Dublin'.

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