NUI Maynooth rent hikes

YOUNG people who grew up in Ireland should not be forced to leave it, a youth conference in Maynooth has been told.

YOUNG people who grew up in Ireland should not be forced to leave it, a youth conference in Maynooth has been told.

The North Kildare Youth Forum, hosted by We’re Not Leaving, at the Glenroyal Hotel on 5 November, heard numerous criticisms about the economy.

Founded early in 2013, We’re Not Leaving (WNL Ireland) became a youth organisation dealing with youth issues,

including unemployment, housing and forced emigration problems.

Conference chairperson, Fiona Dunkin asked “Is it too much to ask that we can live in the country that we grew up in,” she asked about emigration. “We are forced to leave, in order to live”.

It heard that families have to choose between their children, on who they get to send to college that NUI Maynooth students from are

facing hikes in rent for student accommodation in the Kildare area.

Why is no rent control and why are landlords allowed to increase rates? The housing crisis has left us with debt, this is the biggest injustice, speakers said.

Rory Hearne, am NUIM lecturer said: “Irish politics have completely failed to give any alternative to help the people get out of this [recession].”

David Gibney said the WNL Ireland consensus is that JobBridge encourages precarious work and and merely encourages low rates of pay (€3.75 per hour).