The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2017 by steve

“Since my election in 2014, I’ve devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I won’t rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful …” (more)

[Emmet McDonough-Brown, Slugger O’Toole, 17 November]

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Students Against Fees Shifts Focus to Housing Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“High rent and Dublin-based Scholars are in the sights of Trinity’s Students Against Fees, after the group formally decided this evening to switch its focus to housing. At its public meeting this evening in the Arts Block, the group decided to address high accommodation costs …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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NUI Galway gets €60m loan for campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The European Investment Bank has agreed to lend €60 million to NUI Galway for campus development. It will help fund the construction of new student accommodation and a new building for the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 October]

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Inside Trinity’s Elite Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When the Global Room announced that Trinity’s Accommodation Office had negotiated exclusive contracts for the newly established student property Kavanagh Court, it felt like a relief for many international students. Trinity had finally seemed to meet the desperate accommodation demand from overseas …” (more)

[Jannik Lorenzen, University Times, 20 October]

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Trinity College granted permission to host tourists during summer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given permission to host tourists in its students halls during summer time. Despite objections, Dublin City Council approved changes to planning rules which will also mean any third-level student can apply to live in its Halls of Residence …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 October]

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The crisis in student accommodation continues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It goes without saying that students who are not from Dublin or the surrounding area must avail of student accommodation if they want to attend DCU or any other university in Dublin such as UCD or Trinity. This necessity is already over-priced, but are the living conditions students receive worth the extremely high amount charged? For some people yes, but for many students this is not the case …” (more)

[The College View, 18 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Students Against Fees Considers Expanding Campaign to Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Students Against Fees campaign group will consider expanding its campaign to include housing, in light of the housing crisis. A public, student-led meeting will be held on campus in the next few weeks appealing to students to get involved in the campaign against fees …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 October]

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UCC plans €350m investment to increase campus space by 20%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) hopes to expand its campus space by 20 per cent in the next five years as part of a €350 million investment programme. The plan will create 500 new construction jobs, and is part of a wider strategy by the college to grow student numbers to 23,000 by 2022 …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Government may introduce measures to help students find accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is considering new measures to help students to find accommodation. As the colleges return students have had difficulty finding somewhere to live, with some resorting to couch surfing or staying in hostels …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 September]

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UCD applies to fast-track provision of 3,000 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An application for a €300 million on-campus accommodation complex for 3,000 more students at University College Dublin (UCD) has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála for ‘fast-track’ planning approval. The State’s largest university has become the first applicant to use the new Strategic Housing Development system …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Students sleep on couches and in hostels due to rental shortage

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students unable to find rental accommodation have been left sleeping on friend’s couches and staying in tourist hostels in Dublin as the college term began this month …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 25 September]

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UCD wants to fast-track plans for thousands of student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD wants to fast-track planning permission for more than 3,000 student beds under Government measures aimed at ending the housing crisis. The university has formally signalled its intention to bypass normal procedures by applying directly to An Bord Pleanála for the substantial on-campus development …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 23 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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USI Condemns Dublin City Councillor’s Vote Preventing Student Accommodation Planning During Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today condemns a vote by Dublin City Councillors last night for applicants to submit evidence demonstrating that there is not an over-concentration of student accommodation within an area, including a map showing all such facilities, from 0.25km to 1km of a proposal in Dublin …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 20 September]

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Controls on student housing ‘justified’ after ‘avalanche’ of student accommodation in parts of Dublin’s inner city

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An ‘avalanche’ of student accommodation in parts of Dublin’s inner city justifies plans to impose tighter planning controls around such developments, a councillor has claimed. Críona Ní Dhálaigh is supporting proposed changes to planning guidelines in the city council area, which would mean the existence of other student accommodation within a 1km-radius should be considered when new developments are being planned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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TCDSU Condemns €9,000-a-Year Dublin Accommodation Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has condemned the high prices of private student accommodation, calling on the government to act after their ‘negligent’ response to the accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 September]

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The Student Housing Crisis: Are Digs the Solution?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A campaign headed up by Campaigns & Communications Officer Barry Murphy has exposed the problems that students are facing with getting acceptable accommodation around Dublin. The campaign involves UCD students going undercover to view potential places and exposing their shoddy conditions using Snapchat …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 September]

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Colleges open to deals with developers on student digs

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Knight Frank survey of third-level institutes has found that many colleges expect the acute shortage of campus student accommodation to get worse due to more international students being diverted to Ireland because of Brexit. It also found that two-thirds of colleges are open to the idea of forming joint venture partnerships with private developers to address the supply gap …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 10 September]

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