Wednesday 18 October 2017

Paramedics chaperoning Trinity nights out

Trinity College Dublin (Stock picture)
Trinity College Dublin (Stock picture)
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Students at one of the country's most prestigious universities are being accompanied by paramedics on nights out as part of an effort to curb the dangers of drug use and excessive drinking.

The students' union at Trinity College (TCDSU) said it made the move to ensure party-goers remain safe at social events it organises. A budget for paramedic services has been set aside by the students' union, which is running the initiative as part of a continuing effort to reduce the harm caused by recreational drugs. It plans to carry on with the enterprise for the foreseeable future.

Trinity Ents, a division of the students' union responsible for organising events, hires the paramedics from a private contractor. They were first used during the Freshers' Week celebrations last month. The paramedics attended bars and clubs where large volumes of students gathered and mingled during their first days at third level.

Jonah Craig, TCDSU Ents officer, said the initiative creates a safer atmosphere for students.

"We understand that recreational drugs and particularly alcohol are in use at our events by our students and we want to ensure that should anything go wrong that we have a paramedic on standby to handle it," he said.

"It came about as a result of our union engaging in ongoing work to ensure that students are safe and comfortable at our events."

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