Monthly Archives: December 2015

International students facing accommodation crisis

Kafayah Runsewe reports on the accomodation problem facing international students in Dublin.
There has been a huge demand for on-campus accommodation for international students in the country, says the Higher Education Authority in a recent report. The general numbers of international students registered in Irish higher-education institutions are around 32,000, which is an increase of around 2 per… Read more »

FAI ‘granny rule’ hinders youth development says player

Foreign players playing for FAI youth teams under the “granny rule” are taking home-grown players’ opportunities, a young player tells John Anderson.
In the wake of Jack Grealish choosing England, his birth country, as his location to play his international senior football, the so-called “granny rule’s” place in Irish youth football has been heavily criticised. Jack Grealish, an Aston Villa midfielder, has played for Ireland at an international… Read more »

Lecturer calls for more global retailers for O’Connell Street

Dublin City Council has taken a new step towards city-centre development, reports Ivona Poljak.
When Dublin City Council announced that they will not give out permits for opening pound shops, takeaways etc., architects in Dublin city agreed that the new development plan might just be what the city needs. Griffith College Faculty of Design programme director John McDonald said: “Dublin’s… Read more »

Young men’s gambling at crisis levels say experts

Easy online access and targeted advertising are being blamed for an increase in gambling problems among young men, reports Lara Lewis.
The increase in gambling among young men is at crisis levels, according to gambling and health experts. The negative impact on young people growing up in this new gambling culture is a massive problem, they say. Gambling has become an accepted part of Ireland’s mainstream culture.… Read more »

Violent crime among homeless community on rise

Robert Palmer reports on how one homeless charity has found a rise in violence among people it supports.
Incidents of violent crime among the homeless community in Dublin’s inner city have risen to “very worrying levels”, putting charity organisations under strain. Dublin is currently dealing with a homeless crisis on a scale that has not been seen in decades. The number of people “sleeping… Read more »

Boyle under-14 girls make history

Pierce Connolly reports on a historic win for a Roscommon under-age girls’ team.
The Boyle under-14 girls Gaelic football panel made history last weekend, as they secured their first county final win since the club was established back in 1905. The Boyle panel played a resilient Padraig Pearse’s side in Kilbride on 4 October. It was a typical autumn… Read more »

Over 57,100 student bed spaces are sought after – HEA

The supply of student housing does not match increasing demands, reports Nicholas Fitzgerald.
Third-level students in Ireland are facing an on-going struggle attempting to find accommodation this year. Thousands of students across the country are currently unable to find housing and as a result are left without a permanent place to call home. “A lot of people wouldn’t even… Read more »

Malaysian students in Dublin suffer as ringgit value falls

Kavitha Manimaharan talks to some Malaysian students in Dublin about the decline in value of their native currency.
Malaysian students studying abroad are heavily impacted due to the current currency depreciating value of the ringgit against the euro as their education and living costs have greatly increased. While a few of the students are bearing with the situation, most students are feeling the heat.… Read more »

Televised League of Ireland games costing clubs

Decrease in attendances at televised League of Ireland games is affecting clubs financially, reports Cían Moore.
Live televised football games are affecting attendances at SSE Airtricity League games, as statistics show that of 15 games broadcast in 2014, more than half of the attendances were below the clubs’ average. This comes after Shamrock Rovers’ request for RTÉ not to televise their match… Read more »

Wexford woman saves local students from college commute

Denise Spratt reports on how one Wexford woman helps students from her native county.
From 2014 to 2015 the figure for college students around Ireland having to commute has doubled, a Union of Students in Ireland (USI) study has found. The USI has continuously campaigned on the issue of the student-housing shortage. The union’s recent study on housing shortage… Read more »