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Rent-a-Room: The Solution To Student Housing In Galway?

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With the ever-rising costs of living and the high rates for rent in Galway, students are struggling to find affordable accommodation for the new term. The Rent-a-Room tax relief scheme allows a homeowner to accrue a tax free income of up to €10,000 per annum. Aidan Clifford, technical director of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants promotes the idea, citing that “The Rent-A- Room relief is a good option for Galway home owners with a spare room located near good transport routes”. But is this what is best for both the homeowners and the students? On the surface this wonderful scheme seems ideal, with the homeowners able to earn potentially tax free earnings and students being able to find affordable accommodation, yet there seems little structure or security for the tenant and the homeowner seems to hold all the power unmonitored.

The intrusion of opening your home to a total stranger is daunting at best, especially if that person is a lively, energetic teenager free from the shackles of his/her parents for the first time. Homeowners have earned the right to enjoy the privacy and safety they have worked so hard for and giving that up will not be an easy decision for anyone. The cold hard fact that the cost of living is higher than ever, and that jobs are sparse could cause many who are not prepared for such responsibility to do so out of necessity as opposed to choice. The elderly people touted as ideal for the programme may not be able to cope with the arrival of a young person in their living space. Students are notoriously loud, disruptive and often seen as a nuisance in big college or university towns. How would an elderly person cope with a nineteen year old man bringing home his drunken classmate for a roll in the hay at 3am? They won’t, they can’t. It is as simple as that. The risk to some potential “landlords” in this case seem to be vastly under examined, as are the dangers to the students in question. Continue reading

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The Burren – A Landscape Shaped By Time

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While recent storms have demonstrated how the weather and power of the Atlantic Ocean can have a devastating impact on Ireland’s coastline, a new series of lectures will examine how the landscape of the Burren region has changed over millions of years due to floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and ice ages.

The “Stone Water & Ice: Understanding the Burren Landscape” evening courses being hosted by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Outdoor Education Centre take place between February 13th and March 13th, 2014. Amongst the keynote speakers will be Dr. John Murray of NUIG’s Earth and Ocean Science Department, Geologist Dr. Eamon Doyle, and the Burren Outdoor Education Centre’s head of field studies Colin Bunce. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Weekend Review

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The second legs in the Men’s National Cup ties proved to be even more exhilarating than first expected. A routine exercise was predicted to be carried out by UCC Demons when they made the trip to Dublin to take on the winless UCD Marian. However the small crowd that showed up for this one were in for a treat. Demons led by 29 points heading into the game having made full use of having home court advantage for the first leg last weekend.

Despite this massive lead it soon became clear that Marian were not about to just lie down and get beaten as the half time score read 63-39 which meant that it was truly game on, much to the dismay of anyone associated with Demons who clearly had hoped for an easy run out on this Saturday evening. With 4 seconds on the clock it looked like Barry Drumm’s 28 point performance had allowed Marian to complete one of the most sensational turn arounds in National Cup history. Continue reading

Students Arrested After Lock In At Enda’s Constituency Office

ekSix students, from the National University of Galway and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, were arrested this afternoon while staging a sit-in at Enda Kenny’s constituency office in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

The students were protesting over the decision to increase the qualifying income threshold for the student maintenance grant by 3 per cent, a decision which was announced in last week’s cut throat budget.

The students were aggrieved by this decision, on which the government had promised they wouldn’t go ahead with. They felt they had no option but to occupy the Taoiseach’s office as somebody has to stand up for the students, who continue to be hit hard.

The six students, some of which are Student Union officers, where arrested for what Gardai deemed trespassing.

The Union of Students in Ireland says around 8 per cent of the total estimated 80,000 grant recipients will be affected by raising the threshold, with some students receiving a reduced grant and others not qualifying for a grant at all. It estimates that 6,500 students stand to lose up to €750 in maintenance assistance over the course of the academic year.

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