Parents paying for student accommodation could get €500 tax credit

The comments from Leo Varadkar came as students protested over the cost of housing

Students at Trinity college during the walkout. Picture: Emer Moreau

Parents who pay for their student children’s accommodation may now get the new €500 rental tax credit, according to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

It comes after a nationwide student protest today, where students mounted a walk-out from lecture halls at 11am to highlight the rising cost and limited availability of student accommodation.

The government announced the new rental tax credit in the Budget earlier this month for around 400,000 renters, but there were complaints from students ...