Lack of beds is making our students easy prey
The first leaves of autumn have scarcely touched the ground, and already the warnings are coming in about students being ripped off through exorbitant rents, or outright fraud, as the dire shortage of Third Level accommodation is exploited.
Last month, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, the new minister for the higher education sector, was given a briefing on the shortage and the stress it is causing.
Ireland is short of 23,000 purpose-built student bed spaces to meet the needs of college-goers this autumn. The scramble for accommodation is a perennial headache.