Plans accelerated for South East Technological University

Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan welcome appointment of person to spearhead new Technological University for the South East


Green Party colleagues Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan today jointly welcomed Minister Simon Harris’ announcement of a move to accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East.



The move comes in the form of the appointment of Mr Tom Boland, a former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), who will be the new independent Programme Executive Director for the TUSEI consortium comprising the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology.


Minister Malcolm Noonan TD, representing the Carlow Kilkenny Constituency said “I welcome Mr Boland’s appointment as a recognition of the urgency of the call for a technological university for the South East of Ireland and as signifying a change in pace towards its delivery. I thank Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris for this timely boost to the region.”

Marc Ó Cathasaigh TD, representing the Waterford Constituency agreed, adding “The appointment of Mr Boland is a strong statement of intent by Minister Harris to deliver on this commitment under the Programme for Government and to do so in a timely manner. I am excited for what a technological university will mean for the South East and I commend my Oireachtas colleagues for the great team effort in driving this project forward. I look forward to working with them all on delivering this university as soon as possible.”

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