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"Open your homes to Inishowen students" 25.01.08

A LOCAL senator has called for the Rent-a-Room Scheme to be advertised more prominently to help students from the county find accommodation in Dublin and other college cities.
Senator Pearse Doherty said the existing scheme, allowing homeowners to earn €10,000 a year tax free by renting out a room in their homes, could help with the lack of student accommodation nationally.
He also called on people living in Dublin and elsewhere to "open up their homes" to their fellow Donegal people.
“Last week the Union of Students in Ireland called on the Government to establish a task force on student accommodation. The critical shortage of housing in Ireland is putting severe pressure on students trying to find accommodation," said Senator Doherty.
“While I want to support the call from the USI, I would also call on the Minister for Education to initiate a promotional campaign to highlight the Rent a Room Scheme which has the potential to ease the accommodation crisis for students."
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