Ahead of the 2014/15 academic year, we lobbied Government for a tax incentive scheme to kick-start construction of student accommodation. At that point, the situation in the capital was at crisis point for the second consecutive year— UCD students were being forced to defer their studies or seek out emergency accommodation for the first few weeks in city hostels. Others had to start the year with an unsustainable commute.
A year later and a plan to boost the number of bed spaces being built for students in Dublin has yet to be rolled out. A recent review of the housing shortage in the capital has caused a storm of criticism for Government. They need to be prompted into action. We’ve been vocally critical on their lack of initiative over the last 12 months to tackle this issue, especially as we’re seeing stories this year that are the exact same as last year.