Monday 23 January 2017

Group set up to tackle student housing crisis

Published 03/09/2015 | 02:30

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

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

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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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