Prime Time viewers say students are being used as pawns by “greedy developers”
Students camp outside Leinster House this evening as they plead with the government to take action to deal with the current housing crisis.
Some developers responsible for student blocks say they don’t have the demand and are asking local councils for permission to change their use – but the point is, they’re just too expensive for most going-age students. at University.
A student demonstrating outside Leinster House today told Prime Time; “When it comes to renting student accommodation on Airbnb and short-term accommodation, that’s absurd. This suggests that there is more supply than demand and it is not.
“How is there more supply than demand when we have 10,000 students emailing us and texting us all the time? “
Another said; “There are new complexes after they popped up all over the Bishopstown area in particular that now charge $ 9,000 to just have a bed to go to college.
“So basically our students are being used like cash cows. “
Tonight viewers – students and the general public – expressed their anger at the unfair system that sees thousands of students without affordable housing options while in school.
One took to Twitter and wrote; “Students are pawns in the game of greedy developers. Appalling abuses.
Another wrote; “It’s not a problem of supply and demand. Student accommodation is empty because it is too expensive. As Rebecca Moy said, it’s about the money.
A third said; “Dublin 8 has more than 4,000 purpose-built student accommodation. The idea that they could be reused for tourists, in an area full of newly built hotels, is obscene. Holiday tax on them to bring in students.