House students in prefabs, DCU chancellor suggested

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Chancellor of Dublin City University (DCU), Dr Martin McAleese, suggested the college consider housing students in prefab accommodation to meet demand. Dr McAleese raised the idea at a governing authority meeting last year in response to the ‘acute shortage of student accommodation’, according to minutes …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Students are excluded from rent-pressure zones, denying them rent-caps

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The exorbitant price of student accommodation has dominated news headlines every year as students return to university. This summer, both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin proposed legislation to introduce rent caps on accommodation built purposefully for students …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen, University Observer, 8 November]


600 student bed scheme planned for Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provision of Cork’s largest single student accommodation development, with 600 beds, is promised by a UK-based company, which has just taken over the moth-balled Coca Cola bottling plant by County Hall on the Carrigrohane Road. In its first move into Ireland, UK-based firm Future Generation …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Developers looking to increase apartments at Lough development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The developer behind controversial plans to build student apartments at The Lough has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to dramatically increase the size of the project. The construction of apartments for 320 student beds at The Lough was approved in August, despite fierce local opposition …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 30 October]

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Calling Uninest accommodations ‘luxurious’ is not helping the housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Living in premium student accommodation is not above the crisis, but more expensive than necessary for access to basic housing. Please stop calling Kavanagh court and similar housing options ‘luxury’. The term does not help yourself or the students who are struggling in the current housing crisis …” (more)

[Germano Girardelli, Trinity News, 27 October]

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RTÉ Morning Ireland – ‘Third level students living in sub standard accommodation across the country’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aisling Kenny reports on the shocking standard of accommodation being offered to some students across the country …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 26 October]

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Videos reveal rats on DCU accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two videos of rats in Larkfield courtyard have been circulating in a DCU Facebook group chat. DCU students, Maeve Fortune and Jane Coleman shared the videos into the residents chat last week. One video shows a rat running in the courtyard and the other shows a rat after being attacked by a magpie …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, The College View, 19 October]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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USI say 6,000 third level students protested in ‘Raise the Roof’ rally in Dublin City

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Member unions of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), along with UCDSU, marched on Leinster House today in protest of the national housing and homelessness crisis. Beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, student unions from all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland gathered together to call for radical change in housing legislation and tenant’s rights, before the Dáil vote next week …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 3 October]

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3,000 Students March as Housing Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As anger over the housing crisis intensifies, students from all over the country descended on the Garden of Remembrance this morning to march for better housing, ahead of the national Raise the Roof rally …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 October]

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Higher Planning Authority Recommends Further Consideration Of NUIG Housing Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway needs to further consider or amend its plans for new student accommodation at the college’s northern campus before it submits a full planning application. That’s the opinion of An Bord Pleanála …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 September]

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Trinity students have week’s rent refunded in unfinished luxury accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students living in the luxury student accommodation complex, the Tramshed and the Woodworks in Point Village, have been refunded a week’s worth of rent due to ongoing construction work. Trinity News has learned that the student accommodation complex, which costs €230 per week and is run by the British company Host, was still under construction when students arrived …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch and Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 27 September]

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UCC staff asked to rent rooms to students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC staff members are being asked to consider offering up spare rooms for rent as over 40 UCC students remain without accommodation into the second week of the academic year. The college’s accommodation centre confirmed that 20 first years and over 20 postgraduate students are staying in short-term accommodation …” (more)

[Roisin Burke,, 24 September]

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USI’s Absence from Saturday’s O’Connell Bridge Action Suggests It’s Out of Touch

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Scrolling through social media on Saturday, any young person would quickly have become aware of the angry protestors blocking traffic on either side of O’Connell Bridge, demanding better housing in Ireland for the umpteenth time. If you were keeping up with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on Instagram, however, you would have noticed the national students’ union documenting the travails of officers as they sat comfortably in a classroom undergoing steward training for the upcoming National March for Housing …” (more)

[University Times, 24 September]

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USI Stages Protest Outside Private Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today protested outside private purpose-built student accommodation as part of the national day of action organised by Take Back the City. Students’ union officers gathered outside the Aparto student complex, Dorset Point, today to protest high-cost private student accommodation …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 22 September]

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Students protest over price of apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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‘Fraudulent landlord’: Student rental scam in Limerick referred to tenancy authorities

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick student was operating as a fraudulent landlord and scamming his fellow students, the Limerick Leader has learned. Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) proceedings have been taken after several students’ cases were referred to the body. A number of students have not yet been refunded their deposits …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 21 September]

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Student Accommodation and Housing Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘Accommodation’ – It’s that abominable word that’s on every student’s tongue. It’s an inconvenience for those who can afford it, and it’s a truly daunting task for those who cannot keep up with the ruthless property market and its high prices. What are the government doing to help students out? …” (more)

[College Tribune, 21 September]


GMIT and NUIG Student Unions Lobby City Council’s Housing SPC about the Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions have lobbied the City Council Housing SPC about the accommodation crisis. The Student Unions met with city councillors to highlight the need for more purpose built student accommodation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 September]

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