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A decision is to be made within the next fortnight on whether UL will issue refunds to residents of student rented accommodation.

Across seven residential villages, UL offers up to 2,800 rooms to students. Since the introduction of restrictions on public movements, the majority of students living in college accommodation have returned home and pressure has mounted on the university to offer refunds.

Speaking on Wednesday, Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND) confirmed he had received information from the UL a decision is to be made in the next two weeks.

“The matter of refunds to student residents at University of Limerick is under serious review by UL Governing Authority and a decision will be made in the next 10 days to two weeks,” a spokesperson for UL told The Clare Echo.

President of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald previously stated that the on-campus accommodation remained open with 600 students still living in the village residencies. “Our residents were not at any stage asked to leave and very many remain now fully reliant on UL”.

UL expects to incur “a significant deficit” to its finances for the current and next year.

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