IT Sligo SU President refutes link between RAG week and students death

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of IT Sligo’s Student Union is hitting out at any association between the death of a young student and the Raise and Give Event which is ongoing this week …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 24 February]

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Body of Irish student found inside college flat as peers celebrate Rag Week

Posted in Life on February 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The 23-year-old man from Belfast was found inside his flat at The Village student apartment complex on the town’s Clarion Road. The IT Sligo student was pronounced dead at the scene just after 4pm today …” (more)

[Greg Harkin, Independent, 23 February]

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Body of student who went missing at Galway Rag Week is found

Posted in Life on February 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The family of a young man who went missing after travelling to Galway for Rag Week has thanked friends and volunteers after his body was found …” (more)

[Independent, 22 February]

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Students’ unions and unofficial rag week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We take issue with comments made by Tommy Roddy about rag week in Galway (Letters, 19th February). While we agree with elements of his assessment, his statement that the students’ unions have sat back and said ‘nothing to do with us’ is unfair …” (more)

[Declan Higgins and Sam O’Neill, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Galway Rag Week must return to student union control

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This week, students in Galway are ‘celebrating’ an unofficial Rag Week. Unofficial, because the students unions in GMIT and NUIG have washed their hands of it since major drink fuelled incidents were connected with it a number of years ago …” (more)

[Tommy Roddy, Irish Examiner, 21 February]

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Students’ union role in Galway rag week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – This week like other similar weeks over the last few years, students in Galway are ‘celebrating’ an unofficial rag week. Unofficial, because the students’ unions in GMIT and NUIG have washed their hands of it since there were major drink-fuelled incidents connected with it a number of years ago …” (more)

[Tommy Roddy, Irish Times, 19 February]

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No ‘free pass’ for RAG revellers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have warned students that they do not have a ‘free pass’ to behave badly during RAG Week. The unofficial week-long event, which has been disowned by students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT, began in earnest yesterday, when hundreds of revellers queued from early morning for the annual ‘Donegal Tuesday’ event …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 18 February]

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Student bodies distance themselves from Galway rag week celebrations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions in Galway have distanced themselves from this week’s unofficial rag week celebrations, which, they stress, are being organised independently of either NUIG or GMIT. ‘We have no involvement in this whatsoever. It’s not supported by us, it’s not endorsed by us’, said NUIG Students’ Union president Declan Higgins …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Why were students queuing outside pubs in Galway this morning?

Posted in Life on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… Both the student unions in NUIG and GMIT say that any RAG Week activities that go on this week are not organised by them. There is no sponsorship or organisation carried out by the SUs. That hasn’t stopped students taking to the pubs and clubs in the middle of February, including an all-day drinking session that starts at 10.30am on the Tuesday …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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Gardaí brace themselves for Rag Week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí have put an operational plan in place to cope with a series of unofficial RAG Week ‘booze events’ lined up for the coming week – the biggest of which is expected to be ‘Donegal Tuesday’ – when thousands of students are set to fill the city centre …” (more)

[Francis Farragher, Galway City Tribune, 15 February]

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Six arrests after chaotic scenes at Waterford RAG week

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Six people were arrested on Friday morning after Waterford Rag Week (RAG) descended into chaos when a number of students got out of hand …” (more)

[Jennifer McShane, Independent, 14 February]

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RAG week celebrations in Waterford lead to seven arrests

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Seven people were arrested for public order offences on John Street in Waterford City in the early hours of this morning. The road became completely blocked to traffic between 2.15 and 3.00 after hundreds of students descended on John St after the night clubs …” (more)

[WLR FM, 13 February]

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Increased Garda presence called for UL charity week

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2014 by steve

“Local election candidate and UL student Séighin Ó Ceallaigh (Sinn Féin) has called for an increased Garda presence around the University and city centre for the University’s Charity Week, taking place this week …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 6 March]

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Should RAG Week become official again?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2014 by steve

“Last month saw the return of the nationally renowned ‘Galway RAG Week’, a RAG week with a difference. There are few other places that can announce with glee that ‘our RAG week is so amazing, it has been banned’, a privilege bestowed on Galway some time ago …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, SIN, 5 March]

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Reality is in rag order

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Madam – As another ‘rag week’ comes to an end, or glorified drinking fest would be more appropriate, we hear about the money raised for different charities …” (more)

[Tom Harrington, Independent, 2 March]

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Why Sligo, Cork and Galway deserved a RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“Once again, RAG weeks in Sligo, Cork and Galway have reignited the age old question: Are students the pillars of the economy or a drain on it? Signs were put up around Cork city all last week, warning students that Rag week is not welcome in the area, and to take their business elsewhere …” (more)

[Laura Flaherty, Campus.ie, 26 February]

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No chance of RAG Week return

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“Galway’s Students’ Unions have poured cold water on a call to bring back RAG Week after Supermac’s supremo Pat McDonagh chipped in on the debate this week …” (more)

[Conor Harrington, Galway Independent, 26 February]

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Bring back Rag Week says boss of Supermac’s

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“Supermac’s boss Pat McDonagh has this week said that Rag Week 2015 should be ‘formalised’ and should return as an official event, after what he described as ‘exemplary’ behaviour from the students …” (more)

[Frank Farragher, Connacht Sentinel, 25 February]

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‘No prospect’ of official Galway Rag Week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2014 by steve

“The Students’ Union at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology has said there is no prospect of an official Rag Week being reintroduced next year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 February]

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Supermac’s chief says Galway Rag Week was ‘the best of banter’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2014 by steve

“The head of fast food chain Supermac’s has said that media portrayals of Galway’s unofficial Rag Week were unfair. Pat McDonagh today said that his experience with students from NUIG and GMIT were ‘the best of banter’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 February]

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