Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has welcomed the latest developments as the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology move closer to merging as the Munster Technological University.


At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science yesterday afternoon (Thursday), a draft order was set for January 1, 2021 as the appointed day for the establishment of Munster Technological University. The order will be formally approved by resolution of each House of the Oireachtas before the end of the month.

“The establishment of what is only the second technological university in the State, and the first outside the capital, is another important milestone for education in Ireland in the South West and most especially in County Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“The presence of a technological university in Kerry will have a transformative effect on the communities it serves and will bring greater social and economic benefits to this county and region through a strengthened role in research and innovation and the delivery of a broad range of high quality education and training.

“IT Tralee and CIT merging as the MTU will be particularly significant also in terms of international recognition, FDI attraction, skills retention and creation and socio-economic progression. It is a hugely positive step forward for County Kerry.”