Third level students cannot continue to be exploited by paying for accommodation they are prevented from using, according to Mayo TD Rose Conway Walsh.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education has published the results of a student accommodation survey that highlights how student renters have paid thousands of euro in advance to secure accommodation they are now prevented from using due to Covid Restrictions.

She is calling on the government to take responsibility and to intervene to ensure students are refunded both deposits and prepaid rent, for unused accommodation.

The Sinn Fein survey indicates that close to 60 percent (58%) of all student renters have paid more than a thousand euro in advance to secure accommodation based on assurances from the government and colleges  regarding the feasibility of on-campus learning during the pandemic.

Deputy Conway Walsh told Midwest News today that it's unfair to students and their families.

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