Minister English congratulates Meath Leaving Certificate students

Monday, 15th August 2016

“I want to congratulate all the Meath Leaving Certificate students
expecting their results this Wednesday 17th August 2016.  Last year
2,137 students from Meath received their Leaving Certificate results,
with a similar number expected this year also. The Leaving Certificate
is an important stage in a young person’s life, and you should all be
congratulated for your work leading up to today” the Minister for
Housing and Urban Renewal said.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the role of families and teachers. Both
are an invaluable source of support for students as they go through
the senior cycle, and I know that many of them are as anxious as the
students opening up their results envelopes this morning.”

Wide range of options

“From my previous role as Minister for Research, Skills and Innovation
until May this year, I know that these really are exciting times for
students, with more choices available than ever before. They can avail
of higher education options via the CAO system and also be able to
consider an increased and enhanced range of apprenticeships. Alongside
these possibilities, there are a wide range of high quality,
accredited courses offered at the further education and Post Leaving
Certificate level locally in Meath and across the North East region
also.”

“I would urge all students to carefully consider all of their options
when deciding on their next steps.”

Student Accommodation

“Earlier this monthI  announced the allocation of €49,000 to the Union
of Students of Ireland (USI) to support their appointment of a Student
Housing Officer, to help identify additional accommodation, including
digs and rooms in private homes, to ease the pressure on securing
rented accommodation for students locally and nationally as we
approach the next academic year. I urge Meath students to engage with
the USI and this new service” stated Minister English.

“This funding comes in the wake of the recent launch of Rebuilding
Ireland, the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness which identified
the expanded provision of student accommodation as a key area to be
addressed within the Plan’s five pillars to tackle our national
housing challenges.”

“The Action Plan identifies the importance of providing dedicated and
additional student accommodation to avoid putting additional pressures
on the private rental sector, particularly in and around the many
universities and third-level institutions in urban areas. in this
regard I welcome the opening of 350 new student residences on the UCD
campus for the 2016/2017 academic year which will benefit Meath
students, along with a number of other private developments aimed at
students ongoing in the Dublin region such as the Binary Hub in the
Liberties providing 471 residences and Dorset Point on Dorset Street
providing 447 residences” concluded Minister English.

ENDS

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