December 1, 2020
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Wicklow’s student renters must be told how they can get back into their accommodation: TD  

Local TD Stephen Donnelly has called for the publication of specific guidance for Wicklow’s student renters over the summer months.

With exam season to end in the coming weeks, student renters across the county face uncertainty on the retrieval of possessions and potential access to accommodation over the summer.

Deputy Donnelly, who is Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson, said: “The issues which face student specific accommodation are vastly different from those faced by the majority of renters. They require guidance from Government to help them to address the challenges.

“For example, the leases of many students have come to an end or are due to come to an end shortly. Many students left accommodation weeks ago due to campus closures and the need to be close to family.

“Clear guidance needs to be given to Wicklow’s students as to whether they are able to collect belongings in these circumstances.

“Many of them will need to travel out of the current permitted 5km. Providers, both public and private, will also need advice on how the collection of possessions can be organised safely and their responsibilities in cases where students cannot collect items.

“I understand there will be some providers and students who will have already made arrangements but there should be more than just ad-hoc arrangements put in place,” Deputy Donnelly (pictured below) added.

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