NUIG withdraws its support for rag week because of ‘unruly behaviour’

“NUI Galway says a ‘series of unfortunate incidents’ influenced its decision to withdraw its support for the university’s annual rag week. The event ‘will no longer form part of the university calendar’, NUI Galway (NUIG) senior management said in a statement yesterday. ‘Unfortunately this week of charitable events has been overshadowed by a minority of students using this time as an opportunity for excessive drinking, leading ultimately to unsafe, unruly and anti-social behaviour,’ NUIG management said. ‘NUIG does not condone this behaviour and treats such breaches of conduct very seriously,’ it said, and it apologised to Galway city residents who had experienced ‘disruption or distress’ this week. It is understood there have been 42 arrests …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 26 February]

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