first_imgStudents will be out looking for flats this week.Donegal students receiving their CAO offers on Monday are facing a major accommodation headache as they begin their search for a place to stay in towns and cities across the country. More than two thousand students across the county received their Leaving Cert results this week and will now be hoping for a place in college.But significant shortages in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway will see students struggling to secure a home for the year ahead. Although it appears that there will be enough accommodation in Letterkenny to cater for students choosing to study at LYIT, those traveling outside face rent hikes because of the shortage of flats and houses.Deputy Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fail’s Education spokesperson, said the Government must act.“Over the next few days and weeks students will be accepting their CAO offers, which will determine what college they’ll be going to and the search for accommodation will begin in earnest.“However the challenge facing students this year is more acute than ever because of the escalating housing and homelessness crisis. This situation has not been helped by the Education Minister continuing to delay on a report which will put forward recommendations on how best to tackle the problem.” The Higher Education Authority report was due to be published in April, but it has been delayed on a number of occasions.The Inishowen TD says we now have a situation where students are taking up places in colleges and universities without knowing if they have a place to stay.“This report is the cornerstone on which our future accommodation needs and provision should be based, but the Minister is continuing to hold off on letting people see it.“This should be an exciting time for students as they move away from home for the first time and start a new college life. However, this new adventure is being tainted by worry and anxiety as they face into an uphill struggle to find suitable affordable accommodation.“The situation is made all the more difficult this year because the national housing and homelessness crisis is feeding into the problem. The Government’s abject failure to address mortgage arrears, spiralling private sector rents or to increase its social housing programme has seen a major increase in the number of families who have fallen into homelessness. There is a severe lack of available housing units to cater for these families, let alone students, who will not be a priority category. “Minister O’Sullivan needs to stop burying her head in the sand and deal with the current crisis. I’m calling on her to publish the HEA report without delay so that the recommendations can be examined and adopted. Until its publication, any student accommodation programme is on hold and the problems that are being felt so acutely this year will continue to worsen”.DONEGAL STUDENTS FACE ACCOMMODATION CRISIS AS COLLEGE OFFERS COME OUT was last modified: August 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accommodationdonegalstudentslast_img

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