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Despite Covid-19, student parties remain in Cork

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Student parties continue to be an issue in Cork City during Freshers Week.

Garda said five-party parties attended by 20 to 40 people responded to call-outs last night, despite calls for students to behave responsibly.

Although the number of incidents is lower than on Sunday night, the number of students who have recently rented accommodation in the area around University College Cork has received a lot of attention.

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This is due to the fact that despite the restrictions on the corona virus pandemic, a large group of students from Galway thronged the city last night.

UCC’s student union refused to withdraw Freshers Week, despite requests from college and locals.

The union has urged students to act responsibly but says it will not cancel plans for Freshers Week.

22,000 students returned to UCC this week.

Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said Garda Resources will focus on areas around University College Cork for the rest of Freshers Week. He urged the people to follow the public health guidelines.

Last weekend, UCC Acting President John O’Halloran warned students in an email not to do anything that could affect their future.

Students found to be “organizing, hosting or participating in conventions that violate the guidelines will be subject to permission, including expulsion from the required university.”

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Galway condemned the large crowd that had gathered in the city

The University of Limerick, meanwhile, said it was working with Garda and its student representative organizations to ensure that college students use every opportunity in the coming weeks to promote public health guidance and public health safety.

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Patrick Ryan, UL’s associate vice president for student engagement, said they are working with various delegate groups in the city over the summer to promote student return and better health guidance at all times.

Their message to all students around the city and near the UL campus is to keep themselves safe, so keep them safe when returning to their families.

There are mechanisms in place to deal with problems, issues or complaints.

Ryan said they will be out in the student community delivering a health message, especially if they see opportunities to organize house parties for students.

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