Students sleep out protest tonight over accommodation crisis

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galway daily news Students sleep out protest tonight over accommodation crisis
(Left to Right): Barry Ó Siochrú, Sai Gujulla, Imogen O’Flaherty Falconer, and Joe Mee (University of Galway Students’ Union)

Students from the University of Galway will be sleeping out in Eyre Square this evening in a protest of the accommodation crisis.

The University’s Students Union is calling on the government, and city council, to find solutions for the housing crisis facing students.

The sleep out protest aims to draw attention to the plight of the many students who can’t find housing.

Students’ Union President Sai Gujulla said, “We already know of students who are returning to their home countries and dropping out of their courses because they have not been able to find accommodation.”

“We have students living in cars and hostels or commuting huge distances or paying extortionate rent and this is unacceptable. Students can’t study and work under these conditions.”

The protest will leave University of Galway campus at 6pm this evening, and make its way to Eyre Square where there will be speeches before the students set up camp for the night.