Queen’s University students get fines of more than £50,000 for breaking Covid rules

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University fined students more than £50,000 for breaching Covid-19 rules off-campus during the last year. Following media reports of widespread Covid breaches in the Holylands area in September 2020 …” (more)

[Thomas Copeland, Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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Fed-up locals call gardai as video shows massive street party near UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardai were called to Connaucht Avenue last night after locals were given abuse from an ‘aggressive’ group who were part of a street party that broke out. A video shows loads of people singing and dancing on the residential road …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, CorkBeo, 1 October]

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University of Limerick management meet with local residents over return of students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed it is to continue funding additional garda patrols in the Castletroy area following a meeting with residents and other stakeholders. The meeting was arranged in the wake of some chaotic scenes in private housing estates following the return of students after the summer …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 23 September]

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Holylands: Safety Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Paula Bradshaw (Alliance): The House will be very familiar with complaints about the Holylands area of South Belfast, with the all-night partying, the risk of COVID being spread and waste being dumped in alleyways. In addition, I was made aware overnight that a young woman was followed home. I have seen the footage of her front door having been kicked in by a man …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 21 September]

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UCC to hire community engagement officer after local residents complain of noise, bottles being smashed and urinating on streets

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCC is to hire a community engagement officer to work with residents, local businesses and landlords for a period of two to three years in response to ongoing antisocial behaviour in the residential areas around the college. The college promised the new officer would be recruited to liaise with the counterparts of the society in the vicinity of the college following a week of intense partying around the college during the newly created ‘sophomore week’ …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 17 September]

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Residents near UCC call for National Strategy on anti-social behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents of the area surrounding University College Cork (UCC) who have been plagued by anti-social behaviour have called for a national strategy to deal with such issues after experiencing an ‘an unprecedented’ period of unrest as students return for the new college term …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Holyland: 12 arrests after crowds gather in Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2021 by steve

“The number of arrests made after several nights of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast has now risen to 12, police have confirmed. Large groups of young people have been gathering and drinking on the streets on a nightly basis ahead of the start of the new university term …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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Holyland: Police condemn crowds disrupting residents’ lives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

“Five people have been arrested and more than 2,500 bottles and cans of alcohol have been seized over two nights in Belfast’s Holyland. Police said large crowds of mainly young people gathered on the streets on Monday. Five arrests were made for offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 September]

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University funding Garda patrols following violent incidents involving students in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been funding garda patrols in estates near the Casteltroy campus for the past week, to help keep local residents ‘safe’, following a number of violent incidents and parties involving large gatherings of students, a University spokesman confirmed …” (more)

[David Raleigh, BreakingNews.ie, 14 September]

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1,500 items of alcohol recovered by police in Holyland area

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“More than 1,500 items of alcohol were seized by police in the Holyland area in south Belfast during a night of unrest. Officers contending with large crowds of young people made five arrests for a number of offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary, issued 10 community resolution notices, a penalty notice for disorderly behaviour and reported three people to the Public Prosecution Service …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 14 September]

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Up to 300 students gather on Cork’s College Road as Fresher’s week returns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Residents in the College Road area of Cork fear Fresher’s Week will be twice as long this year as second-year students who had no in-person college last year are welcomed back with ‘Sophomore Week’ next week. Residents are reporting glass bottles being thrown at them, public urination and littering around homes on College Road …” (more)

[Caitlín Griffin, Irish Examiner, 13 September]

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Hundreds gather for Belfast Holyland street party in ‘worst night of disturbance in decade’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Belfast Holyland residents have said that they have been left feeling ‘intimidated, disrespected and scared’ in their own homes after almost 400 young people gathered for a street party. One resident described it as one of the biggest nights of disruption he had experienced in almost 10 years …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Calls for UL to intervene after 2,000 students party in estate

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Green Party councillor Sean Hartigan wants the University of Limerick to introduce an off campus code of conduct after hundreds of students caused havoc in nearby estates this week. The call came as the college year commenced and estates surrounding the UL campus witnessed a trail of destruction after student parties on Monday night …” (more)

[Alan Jacques, Limerick Post, 10 September]

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Two teens arrested as ‘student parties’ lead to ‘destruction’ at college accommodation in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Gardai are planning to continue conducting ‘high visibility patrols’ near the University of Limerick following large student gatherings since colleges returned. They received reports on Monday and Tuesday night of gatherings in College Court, an estate that plays host to hundreds of students throughout the college term …” (more)

[Marita Moloney, Irish Mirror, 9 September]

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Student behaviour has caused Limerick landlords ‘to exit rental market’

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick property letting agent has suggested the anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in many landlords either selling up, or renting to professionals instead. This week, the Limerick Leader has highlighted a surge in demand for student accommodation units, with suggestions demand has spiked 30% since 2016, while the supply of property has fallen …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 September]

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NUI Galway: Hey, Come Visit Our Covid Hall Of Shame

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There have been sufficient articles written in Ireland about the legacy of so-called ‘catholic guilt’ in Ireland that, if stacked one on top of the other, you’d be unwise to bet against them reaching the moon. How many times, over the years, have you heard people sobbing on the radio about dealing with the ‘legacy of shame’ inflicted upon them by various villainous nuns, priests, and brothers? Mostly, of course, it was all about sex …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 2 September]

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Belfast’s Holyland area ‘has become a lawless slum, a living hell’ … residents compile horror stories of daily life ahead of potential legal action against police, council and universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Infuriated Holyland residents have shared horrifying stories of anti-social behaviour in the area ahead of proposed legal action against the PSNI, Belfast City Council and Ulster and Queen’s Universities …” (more)

[Ralph Hewitt, Belfast Telegraph, 21 August]

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Councillor calls on University of Limerick to establish code for off-campus students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A local councillor has called for the establishment of a code of conduct for students who live away from the University of Limerick (UL) campus. Green member Sean Hartigan has held meetings with residents of the Magazine Road in Cork, where a protocol was put in place, and, he says, has seen anti-social behaviour there decrease …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 17 July]

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160 UCC students broke Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A total of 160 University College Cork students were found to have breached public health guidelines designed to stop the spread of Covid, with 43 of these students temporarily suspended while an investigation was conducted, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 16 July]

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UL sanctions students over public order incident

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has sanctioned a number of students who have been officially reported and investigated and found to have broken the institution’s code of conduct relating to the current Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 21 April]

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