Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister – TheJournal.ie

The University College Dublin campus. Image: Shutterstock/haireena The University College Dublin campus. Image: Shutterstock/haireena

STUDENTS SHOULD BE refunded for accommodation if another Covid-19 lockdown forces the closure of colleges, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. 

In an interview with RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Claire Byrne, Harris said that “students were treated a bit shabbily” when colleges closed their doors at the start of the pandemic and many students were forced to leave accommodation to go home. 

“If ever, God forbid ever again, there were further restrictions and colleges had to close, we need to make sure that all the students get refunded. I don’t want any messing around in that regard.”

As the pandemic escalated and many colleges shifted rapidly online, many students were forced to leave on-campus accommodation. High-profile politicians, including Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, campaigned for students

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