Written answers

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Education

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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181. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is considering making more third-level education places available to accommodate the increasing numbers of Ukrainians entering Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24953/22]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The Government is steadfast in its condemnation of Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine.

As Minister, I am determined those fleeing the war will receive comprehensive and compassionate support to allow them to continue their education here in Ireland and my officials have been working proactively with the higher education sector to facilitate this.I must acknowledge the generosity of those working in the sector, who are assisting my Department to identify and respond to the needs of displaced students and staff.

While I am very aware that our higher education institutions are receiving queries from displaced students, the establishment of the National Student and Researcher Helpdesk is key to establishing the number involved and the type of provision being sought by displaced Ukrainian students.

Already there have been almost 250 calls and emails to the national helpdesk from students and researchers looking for our assistance, and advisors will be in touch with them in due course. Once the required data is available, I am committed to putting appropriate measures in place to facilitate their continued education.


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