Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has pledged to stop student accommodation from being used for tourists while adding that the government is “very much aware” of the crisis.
A student protest was held outside Leinster House this afternoon calling for the government to take action on the current accommodation crisis.
The demonstrators want funding allocated to the further construction of student accommodation as well as action to retain student beds that are already in place.
According to an article in the Dublin Inquirer, permission has been granted for as many as 1,055 student beds in Dublin to be used for other purposes.
Varadkar told the Dáil that using student accommodation for other purposes was contrary to the student accommodation strategy.
He added that the departments of Education, Further Education and Housing have been engaging with the issue.
“We’re exploring all options available to us to ensure that purpose-built student accommodation remains in use for students, and not for tourists. The two departments met on this last night, and expect to make further announcements on this over the coming weeks,”.
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