“I welcome the announcement that Waterford IT and IT Carlow have submitted a formal application to the Government to become a technological university. In a time of great uncertainty this is a good news story.” commented local Enniscorthy Councillor Cathal Byrne. “A technological university in the South East is a massive step forward towards permanently solving the so-called South East brain drain whereby people who leave the South East to attend third level university do not return to the South East once they have graduated.” “I was fortunate enough to be able to attend college in Dublin to study law and business and then come back home to take up a job as a trainee solicitor after graduation. Unfortunately, many of my friends that similarly attended college in Dublin or Cork or further afield have not returned home.
This so called brain drain was an issue I raised directly with Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow when she attended last month's meeting of Wexford County Council.” commented Cllr Byrne. “This is a major milestone and credit has to be given to all those whose work behind the scenes has culminated in this day. I look forward to the application being approved by Minister Simon Harris Minister for Higher Education and the day when the first students graduate from the new Technological University in the South East” concluded Councillor Cathal Byrne. Ends