Author: Daniel Waugh

USI launches National Student Housing Survey

Today (11 January 2017), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched a National Student Housing Survey, inviting responses from students across the Republic of Ireland. The survey seeks to assess the housing situation of students across the country and preferences of students regarding their accommodation. The housing crisis in Ireland has had a negative impact on studying trends, academic performance and mental health of students. The escalating cost of rent across Ireland, due to shortages of supply and an increase in demand, is forcing some students to commit to leases they can’t afford, sleep on friends’ couches,...

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USI Welcomes the Strategy for the Rental Sector

USI  welcomed the Strategy for the Rental Sector published on December 13th by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The strategy focuses on four key areas: security, supply, standards and service. USI believe that the document is the first and important step towards affordable and secure rental accommodation in Ireland – but believes that there is still more to be done on the issue of student and purpose built accommodation. The Strategy introduces Rent Pressure Zones, where the rent increase will be capped to 4% a year for a three-year period. Those areas are where the...

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94% of DCUSU Voters Say Yes To USI

2,176 students from Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) voted to remain with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) with a total of 2,304 votes cast. Polls opened at 9am on Thursday the 1st of December and closed at 5pm on Friday the 2nd of December. Final result was 94% of DCUSU voters said yes to USI. Speaking after the result was announced, USI President Annie Hoey thanked the campaign team and the students of DCU. “We want to thank the students who lead this campaign on DCU campuses. We campaigned across the Glasnevin and St Patrick’s campuses,...

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USI Makes Submission to the Strategy for the Rented Sector

  USI President, Annie Hoey The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has made a submission to the Strategy for the Rented Sector. The Strategy will provide a vision of the role that the rental sector will play in the short, medium and long terms, as set out in Rebuilding Ireland. USI believes that it is crucial that affordable and secure rental accommodation is available for the needs of the diverse groups of tenants in Ireland and addresses the most pressing issues of students in the private rental market.   The most prevalent problems for students in the private...

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USI and Mental Health Reform Letter to Minister McEntee

Dear Minister McEntee, On the 11th of October 2016, both Mental Health Reform (MHR) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcomed the Government’s decision to allocate €35M in development funding as a positive step towards implementation of the national mental health policy, A Vision for Change. Disappointingly, less than one week later we learned that under half of this money, €15M, would be released to the HSE to spend in 2017. The allocation of €15m for 2017 will represent only a 1.8% investment in new developments for mental health compared to the 2016 budget. Even including the...

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