Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, visited Carlow College, St. Patrick’s yesterday (Thursday, 3rd November) along with Deputy Jennifer Murnane-O’Connor TD.
The Taoiseach was welcomed to the College by Fr Conn Ó Maoldhomhnaigh, College President. He received a tour of the campus and College facilities and met with Ukrainian refugees who are living in the Lennon House Student Accommodation on campus. The Taoiseach concluded his visit with meetings with the College President and senior staff.
During his meeting, President informed the Taoiseach that Carlow College has pursued its educational mission for over 240 years, during which the regional, national and international context has changed continually. Throughout this period, the College has looked to adapt to these changing circumstances in a manner which has remained relevant to the needs of society and true to its educational objective. The President went on to inform the Taoiseach that over the years, at local level, the College has embarked on a process of deepening collaboration with the Higher Education Sector and since 2017, has engaged in discussions with Minister Harris’ Department (Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science) and other stakeholders regarding the future strategic positioning of the College.
Speaking after the meeting Taoiseach Micheál Martin, said: “I’m delighted to visit the historic Carlow College, St. Patrick’s campus and meet such a dedicated team. Carlow College has made a tremendous contribution to higher education in the South East for 240 years, particularly to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.“
College President, Fr. Ó Maoldhomhnaigh said, “I thank the Taoiseach for his visit, his ongoing support for Carlow College and its integration into the higher education sector in the South East Region”.