Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, and Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Wexford, Cllr Michael Sheehan has welcomed the fact that dedicated funding has been allocated to take the South East Technological University project on to the next stage of development; adding; “The project was long overdue and that the Government now needs to provide any assistance necessary to bring it to fruition.”
Cllr Sheehan said; “Just yesterday (Monday) the Higher Education Authority (HEA) published a breakdown of the socio-economic background of students attending higher education institutions in Ireland. The report found that students from more advantaged areas were likely to earn more after graduation.
“Couple this with the knowledge that people in the southeast earn little more than half of the national average, and it’s clear that we need to have an ambitious vision for higher education in the South East.
“The Fianna Fáil Party were key to the passing of the Technological Universities Bill through both Houses of the Oireachtas. Many substantial amendments were tabled to strengthen the Bill and I wrote to many colleagues at the time to point out how essential it was for the South East.
“Fine Gael’s have made many promises on bringing investment to the South-East region, but all evidence points to the contrary. A lack of IDA visits, the highest unemployment rates and the lowest quality of employment are all symptoms of neglect from a Government who have turned their back on the South East.
“A Technological University will provide huge opportunities for the people of the South East, not only in relation to education but also in terms of jobs and employment”, he concluded.