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Third Level Education

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 19 May 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Questions (181)

Aindrias Moynihan

Question:

181. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if he is considering making more third-level education places available to accommodate the increasing numbers of Ukrainians entering Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24953/22]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

The Government is steadfast in its condemnation of Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine.

As Minister, I am determined those fleeing the war will receive comprehensive and compassionate support to allow them to continue their education here in Ireland and my officials have been working proactively with the higher education sector to facilitate this. I must acknowledge the generosity of those working in the sector, who are assisting my Department to identify and respond to the needs of displaced students and staff.

While I am very aware that our higher education institutions are receiving queries from displaced students, the establishment of the National Student and Researcher Helpdesk is key to establishing the number involved and the type of provision being sought by displaced Ukrainian students.

Already there have been almost 250 calls and emails to the national helpdesk from students and researchers looking for our assistance, and advisors will be in touch with them in due course. Once the required data is available, I am committed to putting appropriate measures in place to facilitate their continued education.

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