Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is an excellent IT and that must not be forgotten: that was the assertion made by Minister of State Dick Roche during a visit to Waterford.
Speaking to The Munster Express after meeting with Waterford Chamber members on Monday evening, Minister Roche said there was a danger that WIT’s excellence could be forgotten amidst the ongoing university status debate.
“Martin Cullen has been banging away on this for years, for as long as I know him,” said Minister Roche. “I worked as a lecturer in Limerick before it became a university so I know how important it is.”
He continued: “I know that it’s a holy grail for people in Waterford. If you sit in cabinet listening to Martin, you would have absolutely no doubt about that.
“It’s just that it’s a difficult time at the moment with all the economic realities. But it’s important to state that you have a very good IT here; it’s not by any means a second best and people should bear that in mind.”
When asked to comment on the effective closure of Waterford Crystal on Friday last (“terrible,” he stated), Minister Roche said that Ireland’s future lay in “the knowledge industry”.
He added: “One of the things that you have to think of is workers who have been in the craft industries, such as Waterford Crystal and you have to have ways of re-training and re-skilling them and re-educating in some cases.
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