The Education Minister was speaking in relation to the issue of establishing a technological university
The issue is to be addressed in the National Planning Framework 2040 document due to be published shortly.
Jobs available include Healthcare assistant roles, social care staff and qualified nurses.
The controversial landmark overlooks Waterford but is part of South Kilkenny.
The Education Minister hopes to see the first students enter proposed Technological Universities by September 2018.
Carlows Jennifer Murnane O Connor says people in the South East are being treated like second class citizens
Local politicians have said today that people have to come first.
That road is still closed and is expected to remain closed for another while.