University of Limerick opposition to water charges

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UL on-campus student accommodation

THE University of Limerick is reported to be in mediation with Irish Water in a row over plans to impose charges on student accommodation on the campus, according to college sources.

The University began court proceedings last year when the water company proposed that on-campus students’ accommodation be treated as commercial rather than residential.

Universities across the country have argued that this treats students living on campus unfairly and differently to students in accommodation off-campus who are not subject to the charges.

The Irish Universities Association wrote to the Department of Further and Higher Education expressing concern about the Irish Water decision to change the designation of student accommodation.