Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the issue of student poverty and, in particular, the chronic shortage of affordable student specific accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Student Protests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandIvana Bacik (Dublin Bay South, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the student protests which took place on 23 November 2021 led by a union (details supplied): the way he plans to reduce the cost of the student contribution and student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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University of Limerick to appoint Student Community Engagement Officer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents near the University of Limerick have welcomed news that a community liaison officer will be appointed to address anti-social behaviour. Residents of College Court, Elm Park, Hazelwood, Milford Grange and Oaklawns met with representatives from UL, the gardai, UL Student Union, landlords and Limerick City and County Council recently to express their concerns …” (more)

[Frances Watkins, Limerick Leader, 30 November]

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Intensification of Cork’s purpose-built student accommodation gathers pace near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for a further tall, c €30million+, 243-bed student accommodation complex at Cork city’s Victoria Cross, on a former garage site which has been sold for €4.1 million. It features several blocks, including one of ten storeys, facing UCC’s own ongoing Crow’s Nest 255-bed facility …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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Students protest in Cork over cost of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students held the first of three protests across the country in Cork on Monday, to call for increased State funding of third-level education. Clare Austick, president of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), said Irish students faced ‘increasing’ costs of living, alongside the highest college fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Plans for Dun Laoghaire student accommodation meet with widespread opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A proposed 276 unit student accommodation building in Dun Laoghaire has been opposed by locals, a nearby nursing home, An Taisce, and received criticism from IADTSU. The six-story building is intended as student accommodation for the Institute of Art, Design and Technology …” (more)

[Jamie McCarron, The College View, 18 November]

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UL reach out to students via accommodation survey

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick toy with the idea of providing twin accommodation in single occupancy rooms within a survey sent to students. Current UL student villages host standard single rooms or four-foot double rooms, all with single occupancy …” (more)

[Jasmin Griffin, Limerick Voice, 9 November]

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No end to student accommodation loophole – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that is it disappointing that Minister for Housing appears not to have addressed the student accommodation loophole in his upcoming Residential Tenancies Bill …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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Student rent costs are often ‘at least double the cost of the education’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The irony was not lost as Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien spoke about affordable rents for students yesterday while just metres away from student accommodation that costs up to €1,300 per month …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 5 November]

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Concern over student accommodation in Letterkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There’s concern that while a Technological University is hugely positive for Donegal and the North West, accommodation for students could prove difficult in the time ahead …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 29 October]

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Holylands Strategic Partnership Group

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Deirdre Hargey (Sinn Féin): The strategic partnership group for the lower Ormeau and wider university area has met twice, on 26 July and 6 September, and agreed its terms of reference. The group is considering an intervention proposal that was tabled by Belfast City Council …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 19 October]

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Residents take legal challenge over 698-bed student accommodation near UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has granted leave for a challenge aimed at overturning permission for a 698-bed student accommodation development in Goatstown, south Dublin. Two local residents have brought the judicial review case over An Bord Pleanála’s expedited permission in June for the eight-block development on the former site of Our Lady’s Grove school, some 850m from University College Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 October]

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UCDSU take on DCC CEO in Student Housing Row

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCDSU have called on Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan to resign, following ‘sarcastic’ remarks in relation to the conversion of student accommodation into tourist accommodation, as well as what UCDSU President Ruairí Power describes as an ‘underlying attitude that he’s not concerned with the level of interference from the private market and artificially inflating rents in the city’ …” (more)

[Simon Dobey and Nathan Young, University Observer, 19 October]

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Student Housing Problems – NI

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Gerry Carroll (People Before Profit Alliance): Shortly, representatives from the National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) will gather outside this Building to express their concern about how students have been once again sidelined and left behind during the pandemic. I salute them on their No Keys, No Degrees campaign and will briefly mention some of the issues they are highlighting …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 18 October]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address student poverty particularly poverty arising from extortionate costs of accommodation and the burden of fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 October]

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Student Accommodation – TU Shannon

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the efforts he is making to provide dedicated student accommodation in the recently established university towns of Clonmel and Thurles, County Tipperary …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 October]

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Council chief Owen Keegan apologises for student accommodation remarks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan has apologised for saying students should provide their own accommodation – but said he would not be resigning. Earlier, a protest was held outside the council’s Civic Offices following remarks by Mr Keegan about student accommodation …” (more)

[John Kilraine, RTÉ News, 13 October]

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No apology from Owen Keegan over student accommodation gaffe

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council boss Owen Keegan has not apologised for remarks he made to a student union that sparked backlash from Ministers and the public …” (more)

[Dan Grennan, DublinLive, 12 October]

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Harris slams ‘sarcastic’ comments from Dublin City Council CEO on why UCD Students’ Union hasn’t entered rental market

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Further Education Minister Simon Harris has criticised Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan for ‘sarcastic’ comments made in a letter to UCD Students’ Union (SU). Mr Keegan said he was surprised that UCD SU hasn’t entered the property market in order to provide lower-cost accommodation for its members if it believes excess profits are being made from student lets …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 11 October]

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Dublin council chief criticised over ‘snide’ comments to students

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Dublin City Council has been criticised for ‘snide and dismissive’ comments to a students’ union that raised concerns over the use of purpose built student accommodation by tourists. In a tweet on Monday, the president of the University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) Ruairí Power posted a short excerpt from a letter signed by Owen Keegan addressing the issue …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 11 October]

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