‘This selfish behaviour must end’: UL Student Life reacts to College Court street party

University of Limerick Student Life has condemned “indefensible actions” after a man in his 20s was charged by Gardaí following a street party in College Court.

In a statement released this afternoon, the events of Tuesday night were branded “completely unacceptable” and the event showed “a complete disregard of public health guidelines.”

The statement noted that the “vast majority of our students have followed public health advice, and we encourage those students to continue doing so.”

UL Student Life stated they will “fully support the University of Limerick in taking strong disciplinary action for any student who has been in found of breach of the public health guidelines.”

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“Being a student or deemed unsuspectable to Covid-19 does not entitle you to break Government restrictions” it added.

“Government restrictions are not relative to age; we have all shared the challenges that this pandemic has brought,” before adding “this selfish behaviour must end.”

In an email sent to the student body in Feburary, Public Health Mid-West identified potential clusters of Covid-19 in off-campus housing, noting that “we know from the recent testing results that COVID-19 cases are predominantly amongst students living in off-campus private residences in the vicinity of UL.”

“There is growing concern amongst the permanent residents of these estates about these clusters of infection and the risks they pose for older neighbours.”

Today’s statement added “we share this community with individuals who are vulenrable, young, old and come from many walks of life.”

“Ultimately, we reside temporarily in the community they call home – this deserves respect, act now.”

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