Arresting students will stop parties, says CIT president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arrests and charges could help put a stop to some of the lockdown house party activity that has been blighting communities near Cork’s third-level institutions, the president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) said …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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‘We need a landlord NCT system’: Authorities step in to curb lockdown parties in Cork’s student areas

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Forty landlords with 200 properties have been contacted by Gardaí, City Hall and the HSE following a spate of ‘lockdown parties’ that have angered local residents in college areas of Cork. A letter to landlords was signed by a public health specialist, a Chief Superintendent, and the Chief Executive of Cork City Council …” (more)

[EchoLive, 15 June]

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Cork landlords urged to get strict on parties

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí, Cork City Council, and the HSE have called on landlords in Cork’s university precinct to help reinforce public health guidelines and crack down on house parties. In a joint letter to 40 landlords who own some 200 properties in the area, the three statutory bodies also ask landlords to tell their tenants that such party activity can directly endanger the health of vulnerable people in the community or in their own circle of friends …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 June]

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Pensioners feel forced out of Cork neighbourhood by ‘Covid parties’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Pensioners living near University College Cork have complained their lives are being put at risk by hundreds of students who have descended on the area for ‘Covid parties’ …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Residents near UCC urge Gardaí to crack down on ‘student parties’ amid tension

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Frustrated residents living near University College Cork (UCC) continue to speak out against what they claim are parties being held in violation of Covid-19 restrictions, following a confrontation with students renting in the area …” (more)

[Jamie Mc Carron, The College View, 10 June]

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House parties continue in Cork despite warnings and protests

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Lockdown house parties continued in Cork’s university precinct over the weekend with reports that a marquee was found in the back garden of one rented property when gardaí called. And the presidents of UCC and CIT have advised third level students that while the academic year is over, they are still subject to disciplinary procedures …” (more)

[EchoLive, 7 June]

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Joint Communication Issued by both Presidents of UCC and CIT and the Presidents of both Student Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The letter highlights their concerns about what they describe as ‘distressing incidents’ of anti-social behaviour particularly in the College Road and Magazine Road area …” (more)

[Red FM, 5 June]

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Outrage and anger after pontoon at University of Limerick is damaged by vandals

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“A Garda investigation is underway after a floating pontoon at the University of Limerick was badly damaged after it was set on fire by vandals. A spokesperson for UL has confirmed the incident, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, was reported to gardai and that the area has since been secured …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 16 May]

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Cork students praised by Gardai for their behaviour during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Community Gardaí in Cork have said there have been no major issues with RAG week this year, and they want to commend students’ behaviour during this week of celebration. RAG week, or raise and give week, is a week where students raise money for charity …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 February]

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Gardai issue RAG week warning to students with more patrols in city

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork City Community Engagement Gardai on duty for UCC RAG Week in the city have warned students that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, with residents in student areas concerned about student behaviour this week …” (more)

[Michael Hayes, CorkBeo, 11 February]

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Gardaí Say They Will Be Taking A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Anyone Causing Trouble During Raise And Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Annual events like Freshers and Raise and Give Week have been heavily criticised by some locals. Some community groups in Cork say some people are afraid to leave their homes at night due to increased levels of anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Red FM, 10 February]

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RAG Week kicks off at 7am as students queue outside Cork City early-house

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar might have applauded the people who were getting up early in Cork this morning – until he saw them queuing up outside an early house. But it all seemed to be good natured for the students who were waiting patiently in the dark outside a packed Charlie’s Pub on the quays by City Hall as RAG Week got off to a bleary-eyed, 7am start …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 10 February]

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Gardaí Launch Murder Inquiry After Death of Cork IT Student

Posted in Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A murder investigation is underway in Cork City following the tragic death of a 20-year-old studying in Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 17 January]

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House parties with up to 300 people celebrating ‘Christmas Day’ were cleared by gardaí in Cork last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties with 200 to 300 people were broken up by the Gardaí last night, but only a handful of arrests were made during the unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event that took place yesterday. Speaking to The Echo, Community Policing Sergeant Stewart Philpott said …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 22 November]

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Lecturer warns of anti-Muslim ‘network’ after anonymous threats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) has made a complaint to the Garda after receiving an Islamophobic death threat on Wednesday. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam at the university since 2015, said he received a voicemail from an unknown individual, who called the academic a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘terrorist’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Minister would ‘report college drug dealers to gardaí’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said she would report those dealing drugs in colleges to gardaí. She told the Sunday Independent there was a ‘laissez-faire attitude’ to drug dealing in colleges. “I’m not talking about smoking weed, for instance. I’m talking about MDMA, ecstasy …'” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 19 August]

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Leaving Cert results out earlier under ‘fast-tracked’ changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 55,000 Leaving Cert students are set to receive their exam results on Tuesday under a new fast-tracked process which will see college applicants receive their offers before the end of this week. The changes also mean students who appeal their exam grades will receive their results three weeks earlier than normal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor holds consultation to address student substance abuse

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, held a consultation to address the issue of substance abuse in higher education. Representatives of colleges, leaders from students’ unions, Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, and individuals working on the issue of drug rehabilitation were all invited to the discussion …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 25 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convenes a consultative meeting on substance abuse in Third Level Education at The Writers Museum, Parnell Sq

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is today (24 June) bringing together higher education representatives, students’ unions, leaders in the area of drug rehabilitation and Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, for a consultative meeting to discuss substance abuse in higher education institutes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 June]

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Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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