University for Kilkenny and the South East

AFTER years of political posturing, the South East is finally expected to get its own university. Environment Minister Phil Hogan is the guiding force behind an application to be put forward by Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology.

AFTER years of political posturing, the South East is finally expected to get its own university. Environment Minister Phil Hogan is the guiding force behind an application to be put forward by Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology.

The move comes as figures confirm that the South East has among the lowest levels of third-level participation.

Sources say approval for the technological university of the South East is now “inevitable” as it has strong support from Minister Hogan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin in Wexford.

The process, which will see the institutes of technology in Waterford and Carlow transformed into a technological university, begins next month when Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn agrees new rules governing the establishment of a technological university.

This will open the way for the institutes of technology to apply for technological university status, which could take a year.