Beds for 2,000 college students stalled by EU borrowing rules

The €70m plan could free up many homes occupied by students in Dublin

4th September, 2016
DITs new campus in Grangegorman: the college currently sources off-campus rental accomodation for 2,000 students Pic: Fergal Phillips

Plans by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to house 2,000 students on its new Grangegorman campus have stalled because of difficulties with EU borrowing rules.

The €70 million plan could free up many homes occupied by students in Dublin’s already crisis-hit private rental sector.

But the Department of Education has so far failed to give the go-ahead because of complications designing a tender process that would – under stringent EU guidelines – remove borrowings...

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