Cullinane raises WIT application at Ard Fheis

Waterford City Councillor David Cullinane described the campaign for a university of the southeast as unstoppable during the televised segment of his party’s Ard Fheis this week.

During his speech, the Sinn Féin city councillor challenged the government to deal with Waterford Institute of Technology application on its merits and dismissed the parochial and self serving arguments being put forward by those against their submission.

Cllr Cullinane said: “I want to take this opportunity to welcome the publication of the Port Report into Waterford Institute of Technology’s university application. In essence the report puts WIT on a par with universities in Ireland and abroad and vindicates the arguments put forward by university campaigners.

“The acceptance of the ‘academic maturity’ of WIT is hugely significant. Equally significant is the acceptance in the report of the importance of university status to the economy of the region. The WIT application must be dealt with on its merits and its merits alone. There is no place for either parochial or university politics in the decision making process.

“It is a disgrace that the Southeast region is without a university and it is a disgrace that the Government is dragging its heels on this issue. This campaign is unstoppable and the people of the Southeast will not rest until we have a university.”

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