Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students should be refunded for accommodation if another Covid-19 lockdown forces the closure of colleges, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, TheJournal.ie, 31 August]

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USI calls for better protection for student renters

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has invited the Union of Students in Ireland to a meeting to discuss its proposals to strengthen protections for student renters …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 August]

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Students and SU Believe New Legislation ‘Not Enough’ to Protect Students’ Rental Rights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins signed the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 into law on August 1st, ensuring tenants who are struggling to pay rent as a result of the pandemic remain protected. This legislation has been met with mixed opinions with Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, one of many opponents to the act describing the measure as an ‘attack on renters’ …” (more)

[Oisín Magfhogartaigh, College Tribune, 18 August]

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State Won’t Expand Eligibility for Free College Fees, Says Joe McHugh

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“The government does not currently intend to expand the criteria for eligibility for free third-level fees, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. Responding to a question in the Dáil from Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin about whether the government will conduct a review of its college fees policy for students returning home from abroad to study, McHugh said that the Department of Education and Skills ‘is not planning to amend the qualifying criteria of the Free Fees Initiative’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 May]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2020 by steve

Eoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is conducting a review of the university fees policy for persons returning home abroad to study and that are no longer deemed to be Irish citizens for the purposes of university fees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 May]

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Eoin Ó Broin Blasts Government As Students Fight for Housing Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has blasted the government for its handling of student accommodation refunds amid the coronavirus, criticising a ‘very disappointing’ response from Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 6 April]

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Disappointing response from higher education Minister on student accommodation refunds – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has described the response from the Minister of State for Higher Education on the issue of student accommodation refunds as ‘very disappointing’. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 April]

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Landlords must refund students who have vacated property in midst of Covid-19 Emergency – Matt Carthy TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“Cavan Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, has called for government intervention to ensure that students who have left rented accommodation due to the Covid-19 emergency receive refunds from the landlords in respect of time not spent in that accommodation …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 April]

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All landlords must refund students who had to end their licences early because of COVID-19 – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called for all landlords, private and university, to refund students who have had to end their licences early because of COVID-19. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘We have received hundreds of emails from students and their parents who have had leave their private rented accommodation and end their licenses early due to COVID-19. They have been refused rent refunds …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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Students vacating Trinity-owned accommodation to be refunded – but private renters face uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Studenrs who’ve been told to vacate their student accommodation at Trinity College Dublin will be refunded for the period they don’t actually stay there. That is according to university Provost Patrick Prendergast who yesterday responded to a set of queries by Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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‘This is just the tipping point’: The cost of being a student in Ireland has skyrocketed in the past decade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost for students to rent on campus in Irish universities has almost doubled over the past decade, with protests held earlier this week at UCD against further planned increases. The university plans to increase rents by the maximum amount allowed, 4%, in each of the next three years …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 23 February]

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‘We’ll do whatever we have to do’ – students’ unions promise to protest until accommodation hikes are reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions promised to protest until student accommodation hikes are reversed by universities. The National Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has confirmed to Independent.ie that campus protests will continue until next week. Students have taken to the streets in response to their respective universities raising campus accommodation rents for the coming academic year, 2020/2021 …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 21 February]

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UCD statement on student rent increases begs more questions than it answers – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on UCD to clarify its position on the student accommodation rent increases. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘The statement issued by UCD yesterday in response to the student protests against a 12% increase in rents over the next three years begs more questions than it answers …'” (more)

[Sinn Fein, 21 February]

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Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin Hits Out at University Rent Increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has written to university presidents seeking a meeting over ‘deeply disappointing’ rent increases that he says ‘are not recognising the spirit’ of new laws introduced to curb the price of student accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 17 February]

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UCD students to protest against campus rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Dublin (UCD) are to demonstrate over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12% over the next three years. The UCD students’ union is to hold a rally on the south Dublin campus at 9:15am on Tuesday morning in the student centre over the rent increase …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Eoin Ó Broin seeks meeting with Universities on rising student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has written to the Presidents of University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Limerick University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork requesting a meeting to discuss plans to increase on-campus student accommodation charges by up to 4% per year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 February]

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Student accommodation on campus rent hikes ‘unacceptable and illegal’ – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised reports of rent increases of up to 11.5% year on year on university-owned on-campus accommodation. These rent hikes are ‘unacceptable and potentially illegal’ the Dublin Mid-West TD has said and the students affected should take cases to the Residential Tenancies Board …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 August]

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Technological Universities – Borrowing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow technical universities to access borrowing for the provision of purpose built student specific accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 July]

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Huge Victory for Students on Rent Hikes – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commended the work of the students on ensuring that student specific accommodation on and off campus will now be covered by the rent pressure legislation and will therefore be subject to the 4% rent hike cap. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 April]

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