Saturday 22 October 2016

Letters: Lack of student accommodation is a huge problem in Dublin

Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30

It’s harder for students to find somewhere to live
It’s harder for students to find somewhere to live

Reading Paul Melia's 'Rent report' on Saturday, I decided to send this letter. I strongly feel that a huge problem in the Dublin rental market is a lack of student accommodation and I would like to bring it to Ireland's attention.

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On property website after property website, I scroll down and my eyes light up at another option, only to be disappointed as I move the cursor to click on the advertisement.

'Suits Professionals Only' read the big bold letters that are constantly staring me in the face; either straight up at the beginning of the advertisement knocking you out right away or the sneaky ones that hit you when you're down - you think you've found the perfect house in a good location that fits into your budget, but then the last sentence spoils it all. You're back to the beginning of what is seeming to be an endless cycle.

I request that landlords ask themselves if their children ended up in the position that so many of us are in, how they would feel about the possibility of their son or daughter being homeless and having to drop out of their course that they worked so hard to get, because 1) they weren't welcome; and 2) it was in no way financially viable to keep paying astronomical rents?

Landlords of Dublin, you own pure gold. As a commerce student I can see exactly what angle you're coming from - from a financial and business perspective - but I also look towards the moral angle which I feel has been overlooked.

I have a job, does that make me a professional?

Apparently not. I work in the time that I'm not at university so that I can afford to live in Dublin to finish my degree so I have an opportunity to become a "professional".

What am I not able to do that a "professional" can do?

I can pay my rent on time - I have a bank reference to prove that.

I am a genuine person, hardworking and pro-active - I have a character reference from two employers to prove that.

I keep my place clean and tidy - I have a reference from a previous landlord to prove that.

What are my options? Commute from Donegal 10 hours every day?

Mary Ellen Gallagher, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Nothing wrong with nostalgia

I write on behalf of that type of person Ed Power claims doesn't exist in his article 'Forgotten not Forgiven' on Friday, June 12 - the hardcore Corrs fan!

The article missed the point not only of the Corrs comeback, it also neglected to capture the fact that some reunion tours have been incredibly successful because people actually like to hear their old favourites again. There is nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia, Ed!

Furthermore, in a world where the music industry sometimes seems to forget it still has the word "music" in its title, I was heartened to read that live tours are where the industry is once again focusing.

The advent of over-produced pop and reality stars who are celebrities rather than musicians has skewed the perception of what it means to be a successful songwriter and performer. The fact that emphasis is once again being put on taking music on the road and touring it can only be a good thing. Even with the availability of high quality live videos online, it is impossible to recreate the magic of a gig, the moments where a crowd of strangers become united belting out the words (or at least their version of the words) to their favourite songs. The pure joy that radiated among the crowd when the Corrs played their traditional Irish instrumentals in their concerts, for example, is impossible to capture in a newspaper article or on a recording.

On stage, all great musicians illustrate the power of music. It inspires, it gives us the opportunity to make sense of emotions that words alone sometimes don't express, and, most of all, it has an incredible ability to make us feel good.

Mairead McParland, Co Armagh

The liberal agenda

Now that the marriage equality referendum caper is officially passed, I'm looking forward to the ultimate in referendums - that of the abolition of marriage altogether. What could be more liberal than that, I ask you?

Robert Sullivan, Bantry, Co Cork

On the Blooming bandwagon

It is that time of year again when every aspirational thespian will don the garb and feast on the entrails of Joycean literature.

Most of the above will have attempted to digest the contents, but will have lost their appetite by the first 10 pages.

Their only fear on the day will be to meet one of the limited amount who have completed and comprehended the contents.

But not to fear, as they all know their part in the yearly staging and all know none will utter the phrase: "What is it all about?"

Ray Dunne, Enfield, Co Meath

It's PC gone completely bonkers

So the speech police have been at it again. This time, the scientist and Nobel laureate Tim Hunt has been compelled to resign his professorship at London University as a direct result of having made what many regard as sexist comments about women scientists.

Although these may indeed have been sexist, whether made jokingly or not, he also committed the serious error of unscientifically extrapolating from his own personal experiences of women scientists with whom he had worked to women scientists in general. He should have known better.

But surely these are utterances not of such seriousness as to warrant resignation. If every time men and women were forced to resign from their work positions after having made joking and/or sexist remarks about women or men in general, there would be very few people in jobs. Sexist generalisations are part and parcel of normal banter in workplaces and in many social situations, engaged in equally by both sexes and given and received in good spirit. Anyone who has attended male and female sporting events can attest to the widespread sexist joking that is shouted out there by so many spectators of both sexes. So what else is new?

Surely men and women should not have to resign their positions simply because they have uttered generalised sexist remarks - no matter how unfounded - or joked about their respective opposite sexes.

This forced resignation of Tim Hunt is in effect just another example of PC fascism having gone completely bonkers. This indeed can be a very slippery, dangerous path that we must avoid going down.

In the immortal, cautioning words of Basil Fawlty: "This is exactly how the Second World War started." No doubt that remark will offend somebody somewhere. But does that really mean that I should put off my plan to invade Poland?

Ivor Shorts, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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