Monday 27 March 2017

Group set up to tackle student housing crisis

25,000 student bed spaces are needed each year to meet growing demand
25,000 student bed spaces are needed each year to meet growing demand
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

An inter-departmental working group is being set up to tackle the student housing crisis.

Three Government departments - Education, Environment and Finance - will be represented on the group, as well as the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

It is one of two measures announced by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan yesterday in response to a HEA report highlighting the need for 25,000 student bed spaces a year to meet the growing demand.

The other is a grant of €30,000 for the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to help it promote its rent a room initiative to deal with the problem in the short-term.

Irish Independent

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