Plans could be put in place to integrate Carlow College with the Technological University for the South East.
Carlow/Kilkenny TD Jennifer Murnane O'Connor says it's so important that St. Pat's college is included in the new university planned for 2022.
Today I am announcing with the @hea_irl funding of €25.67 million for our Technological Universities. This will support the very exciting changes underway in the technological higher education sector.
Details here: https://t.co/NmFlJD8h9Z
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) September 8, 2021
The Higher Education Minister says because the college is a privately run facility, it makes things a bit more complex.
Speaking in the Dail, Murnane O'Connor said "Really delighted Minister that in 2022 the South East will become a Technological University, that is so important, but the issue would be with St. Pat's, what is the update there?"
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris responded saying that contact has been made with the institute.
"St Patrick's College as it's known is a privately run institution and works outside the publicly funded higher education system and we are now putting a process in place with them."
"I do need to obviously point out that the Technological University, the decision we're taken to provide expert advice to Carlow Collge is the best way, and I look forward to my visit in November."