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Donegal Class of 2015 collect Leaving Certs 12.08.15

MORE than 2,000 Donegal Leaving Certificate students including some 400 from Inishowen are collecting their results today and assessing what college options are open to them.
Pupils from across the peninsula are collecting their certificates at Crana College and Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana; Carndonagh Community School and Moville Community College.
Donegal TD., Charlie McConalogue congratulated the Leaving Certificate students but warned that many would face a "huge struggle" to find accommodation in their chosen college towns and cities.
"Every year students are forced to pay over the odds for very basic accommodation, and in some cases have to take on extended leases in order to secure a house or apartment," he said.
Moville Community College students collect their results. David Doherty, Lauren Watt, Caitlin Mullen and Laura Boggs.
"Students are spending weeks on end over the summer months travelling to Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick in search of accommodation, often faced with extortionate rents, which is placing a significant financial burden on them and their families.
“The current situation is a major source of anxiety and stress, not only for the students who will receive their Leaving Cert results (today) but also for the thousands of others who are already in full time third level education."
Deputy McConalogue, who is Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on education, urged Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan to publish the Higher Education Authority report she commissioned on student accommodation and to "start acting on the recommendations". He said the report found “significant shortage” in accommodation in all of the main cities, and forecasts that the shortages would remain over the next decade. Moville Community College students collect their results, see photos .
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