The prospect of a University of the South East materialising appear more utopian than ever if the latest leaks from the Hunt Report offer any indication. Or, as one supporter of the bid for WIT’s upgrade put it on Wednesday: “the whole idea has been buried.”
The details of the Government-commissioned Hunt Report, which examines the future of third level education in Ireland, could leave Fianna Fáil on even dicier electoral ground throughout Waterford and the region.
The report’s recommendations will also test the mettle of Fine Gael’s commitment to trigger the process which could lead to WIT’s long-anticipated upgrade to a regional university.