Junior Education Minister eager to see technological university for Connacht/Ulster

The Junior Minister for Education says she hopes there will be no delay in Connacht/Ulster getting its own technological university.

Earlier this month, the formation of the State’s first technological university – based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown — was annonced.

It is set to be the country’s biggest third level institution.

Sligo Institute of Technology is currently part of a Connacht/Ulster Alliance aiming to become designated as a technological university with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).

Speaking at a SIPTU seminar in Lissadell House in Sligo at the weekend, Junior Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor says while the Conncht/Ulster project is on course, there are two other groups that may come before it: