Taoiseach Micheál Martin has that the Government would keep a “close eye on third level colleges to make sure they don’t charge exorbitant rents”.
Mr Martin was responding to People Before Profit Solidarity TD Richard Boyd Barrett who told the Dail students were being priced out of student accommodation.
He said that University College Dublin is charging €15,000 a year for accommodation.
Mr Boyd Barrett added that student organisations were being “overwhelmed” around Ireland and many are being forced to rent hotel rooms.
He said: “The city is littered with new hotels which are being rented to students who can’t get accommodation.”
There were 18,000 hotel rooms planned for the country and 24 new hotels are planned for Dublin between now and 2023, he claimed.
Meanwhile, a third level students’ group has urged the Government to take immediate action to address accommodation shortages, after warning that “thousands” of students are
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