Sunday 16 June 2019

'People are at their wits' end' - Families 'sold homes' to escape anti-social students, says senator

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A Fine Gael Senator has said families in his constituency have been forced to sell their homes due to anti-social behaviour by college students.

Jerry Buttimer raised the issue at the Cork City Joint Policing Committee recently.

"This term has been the worst term I've seen in recent years in terms of anti-social behaviour of some students," he said, according to the Irish Examiner.

"The level of dissatisfaction among residents around the university about the lack of co-ordinated response from UCC, on this issues, has I would say, quadrupled.

"I know of two families who in recent months who have sold their home to get out of the area. People are at their wits' end."

A 'Christmas Day' event on November 23 caused a spike in complaints the meeting heard.

The event is not expected to run next year.

A spokesperson for UCC told that the President of the Students' Union issued a written apology to the residents saying that they will not allow such an event to take place again.

"In the letter to the Chairperson of the South Central Community Safety Forum, the University Student Residential Services and Community Relations Officer said that following prolonged and sincere engagement, the Students’ Union have accepted responsibility for their poor planning of the event and have been held to account for this internally," the spokesperson said.

"He enclosed a letter from the Students’ Union to all residents in the community around UCC and asked that this would be distributed to anyone who hadn’t received it already.

"He also said that procedures have been put in place to ensure that the Students’ Union comply with appropriate guidelines and engage with the appropriate University departments, as well as external stakeholders, when planning future events."

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