Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters
I thank the Senator for her Commencement matter. There is great ambition contained in Housing for All.In his role in higher education the Minister, Deputy Harris, has brought additional technical universities together, tried to navigate borrowing capacity for low-cost loans, which will be very important, and brought a guaranteed 10,000 more apprenticeships into the economy every year. This is a big statement. Now we have it on the CAO form and students considering their third level options can see there are more alternatives and more stable careers, which is very important. We want to try to get as many people as possible into further education. We want to eliminate all barriers to access. Education is the key to unlocking all our potential. Throughout the history of the State we have seen how important this is. The Minister, Deputy Harris, will be to the forefront working to ensure we build more low-cost affordable housing in our institutions throughout the State. Be it at a technical university or the university network, on-campus accommodation is very important. We continue in our singular focus to do this.