The three-year funding agreement between management at the Dublin Institute of Technology and DIT Student’s Union ran out on 30 June last.
The parties had been negotiating an agreement for several months and both sides came to an agreement in late April. The agreement was approved by the Senior Leadership Team of the DIT, chaired by the President of the DIT, and was formally signed by the Director of Student Affairs of the DIT. However, an objection by Imelda Reynolds, a business rep on the Governing Body, who wants the union to be subject to DIT Internal Audit, has blocked the agreement.
As a result, DIT Students’ Union has no funding in place – despite having signed off on agreements twice with DIT management.
Homeless families allowed to stay in Lynam’s Hotel until August 1st, but still no long-term alternative offered by Dublin City Council
Statement from Irish Housing Network
The five families in emergency accommodation have been allowed to stay in Lynam’s Hotel until the 1st of August thanks to negotiations between the Irish Housing Network and the hotel management. The hotel managers are permitting the families to stay free of charge, as Dublin City Council have still not sourced suitable alternative long-term emergency accommodation for them.
The future of these families is far from secure; they refute Dublin City Council’s statement that they have been offered suitable alternative accommodation. While some have been offered short-term rooms in other hotels, none of these places are suitable or secure.