Mr O' Connell said;
"As far back as ten years ago local Sinn Féin were petitioning the government to set up a third level campus in New Ross town. At the time we believed that the creation of a Wexford third level institute was imminent. Unfortunately for the county that never came about. Today we have a new opportunity to revitalise New Ross town as a student centre."
"Last week we learned that WIT is to be designated a technological university for the south east. Its long been argued that the south east has been unfairly overlooked as a possible location for a university. The lack of such a facility has adversely affected our local economy as many students moved away to get a third level education."
"This announcement will no doubt benefit all of the south east but Waterford will certainly reap the rewards directly. It is now essential that local representatives petition the Minister of Education to spread out this new development and establish at least some facilities on a campus in New Ross. This would be a great boost for our town and our young people."