Deputy Phil Hogan has expressed disappointment with the shift in policy by the Board of Waterford IT in the pursuit of a university for the south east.
The Fine Gael Frontbench spokesman, who has been a long-term supporter for the establishment of a university for the south-east, has criticised WIT's new policy to pursue linking with Cork IT.
“WIT should return to its original policy of pursuing a university for the entire south east which would include participation of students from Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary," he said.
“A new university for the south east would create an institution of 11,000 students spread across the existing campuses in Carlow, Waterford, Wicklow and Wexford, with the potential for a new campus in Kilkenny.
"This enlarged institution would meet the diverse educational needs of the region's youth, without forcing them to travel to Dublin, Cork or Limerick,” he concluded.