Dáil debates

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021: First Stage


1:10 pm

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance) | Oireachtas source

I thank USI for continuing to campaign on this important issue. It is great that many parties of the Opposition are uniting to support students in order to end the disgraceful situation whereby students do not enjoy the protections to which they are entitled in terms of their accommodation. Indeed, when one looks at all of the purpose-built and extremely expensive student accommodation popping up all over the city, it is clear that a certain group of people think that students' accommodations needs are to be exploited while their rights as tenants are denied. This Bill is an important attempt to address the unfairness and lack of protection that students are experiencing at the moment.


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