Friday 15 December 2017

Union calls on DCU staff to house students

Fianna Fail spokesman on education Charlie McConalogue
Fianna Fail spokesman on education Charlie McConalogue

Sam Griffin

Staff at one of the country's biggest universities have been asked to take in students as the crippling housing shortage continues.

The Students' Union at Dublin City University (DCU) has sent an email to all staff asking them if they, or someone they know, could offer rooms to stricken students.

The Union's Vice President for Welfare, Domhnaill Harkin, said it had been "inundated" with contacts from students and parents.

"We as a Union are appealing to people in the adjoining area to Dublin City University, who may have a room or rooms available in their house, to consider opening it up to students. From dialogue between us and previous homeowners who did this, it has been a great success for them and their lodgers."

It made the plea as the crisis was "proving an ever greater barrier to students".

"The response has been extremely positive with staff coming to the aid of students," said SU Vice President for Education, James Donoghue.

But Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Charlie McConalogue, said a university should not have to make an appeal to staff while the Government "continues to sit on its hands".

It comes as DCU increases the number of Leaving Cert points required to guarantee on-campus accommodation, from 500 points to 570. DCU said 20 students secured a place, leaving some 800 students competing for 250 spaces through a lottery.

Sam Griffin

Irish Independent

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