TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will visit Kilkenny City next week to open a new third-level education facility on the campus of St Kieran’s College.
It will be Mr Kenny’s first official visit to the city since his appointment to the Office of Taoiseach. On Thursday morning, he will open the new Kilkenny Research and Innovation Centre at Burrel’s Hall - a technology facility that is the product of a co-operative off-campus project between Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow.
“This is the next step after the NUI Maynooth Outreach,” said Mayor David Fitzgerald.
“That mainly dealt with humanities and the arts, while this will add a technology and media-based dimension.”
The development is seen as progress in the commitment to establish a university in the southeast, as part of the Programme for Government.
“This is a concrete example of the co-operation between third-level institutions in the region,” said Monsignor Kennedy, President of Kieran’s College.
“The trustees agreed to this some time back, and the local authority under Joe Crocket have driven it forward.”