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Students better behaved

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 5:01pm

Residents living near UCC have breathed a sigh of relief as students living around the college are behaving better.

Locals living along College Road and the surrounding streets told a community forum this week that this year’s Raise And Give (RAG) Week was the best it’s been for them in years, as there was hardly any parties and very little anti-social behaviour to report.

UCC’s RAG Week took place from 11-15 February, with gardaí putting plans in place weeks before the week-long event to target areas around the college for drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Garda Trish O’Riordan told the meeting: “This year, for RAG Week, there was a lot less drinking on the street because we have zero tolerance for it and the word is getting out that we won’t tolerate it.”

Garda O’Riordan continued: “We told UCC to let the students know that if we come across them drinking on the street, we would be issuing them a fine. We had less people drinking on the street this year than any year so the message is finally getting out there and we need to keep the pressure on because it’s not fair on the residents living in the area.”

Her colleague Garda Peter O’Riordan said that while he didn’t have exact figures, he was able to tell the meeting in Nano Nagle Place on Tuesday that last year during RAG Week there was nearly 20 public order arrests and that figure fell to below 15 this year.

He said: “There was more than 160 fines for drinking on the street during RAG Week last year and it was below 60 for this year’s RAG Week. And that wasn’t due to a change in the number of gardaí out there. It was the same amount of policing so it seems the students are better behaved during this year’s RAG Week.”

However, he said that drug detections were the relatively the same each year which he described as a “worry”.

A woman from Magazine Road said that this RAG Week was the quietest for them and she put this down to the residents being so proactive.

She also hailed UCC for being so proactive about complaints, too.

However, one man at the meeting disagreed and said that he had to leave his house twice during RAG Week.

Student Residential Services & Community Relations Officer at UCC Gary Mulcahy said: “We are taking a hard line with students and anti-social is down on previous years.”

Garda O’Riordan said: “While there has been improvements, we know there are still problems and we aren’t resting on our laurels.”

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