Independent TD says third level Institutions need to up their game

Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

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Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice

Independent Roscommon/Galway TD, Michael Fitzmaurice is calling on third level institutions to up their game and address issues like student accommodation and college ratings.

Deputy Fitzmaurice said third level colleges should build more student accommodation on their own grounds noting that such investments would "turn a profit" after a few years.

"Needless to say this would also free up the rental sector for families and others who might need housing. It would also ease the upward pressure on the price of renting. Public/Private partnerships should also work in this area to carry out the work," said the Independent TD.

He added that while funding is certainly an issue for colleges across the country, third level institutions will have to be more creative about thinking of ways to improve their ratings.

"Public/Private partnerships is one way that could be achieved in terms of projects and initiatives for various courses and faculties. I will be contacting the Minister for Education about these matters at the earliest opportunity," he said in conclusion.