Trinity accommodation decision is worrying

17 March 2020

Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, has said the decision by Trinity College Dublin to ask students to leave college-owned accommodation is questionable.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“The decision by Trinity College Dublin to give students less than 48 hours notice to leave their student accommodation is questionable at best.

“While I am sure that intentions behind this decision are good, giving students little notice to leave their apartments is not an appropriate way of going about this.

“Many students who remain in Trinity-owned accommodation are international students. They have already paid high tuition fees on top of their accommodation fees. We’re meant to be the land of one hundred thousand welcomes, but it seems this doesn’t apply to one of Ireland’s top universities in the eye of a public health crisis.

“We are in the middle of a very troubling health situation coupled with the worst housing crisis the State, it is unacceptable to expect students to find accommodation at such short notice.”

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