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Pictures: Minister Eoghan Murphy visits new NUIG campus accomodation

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD visited the new 429 bed campus accommodation in NUI Galway today in advance of its official opening.

The new Goldcrest Village opened to residents for the new academic term this week, and is located on campus near to the existing 760 bed Corrib Village accommodation.

Minister Murphy with Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway; Galway West TD, Hildegarde Naughton; Ann Duggan, Manager of Commercial Services, NUI Galway and Sean Kyne, Galway West and Mayo South TD

The price of student accommodation has been a controversial topic over the summer, with the Students’ Unions at Galway’s two colleges condemning “extortionate” rent prices for student accommodation.

Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has said that she knows of at least 22 students that were sleeping rough in Eyre Square last September because they couldn’t find a place to live.

This year, Deputy Rabbitte warned, that number could be as high as 50.

Minister Murphy is pictured with NUI Galway Student Emmet Nolan, 1st Year Arts and Human Rights; Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway and NUI Galway Student Niamh Gilmartin, 1st Year Commerce Global

Minister Murphy is pictured with NUI Galway Students Niamh Gilmartin, 1st Year Commerce Global; Emmet Nolan, 1st Year Arts and Human Rights; Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students John Gaffey, 1st Year Arts and Creative Writing and Hannah O’Kane, 1st Year Engineering

Michael Malone
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