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"Estates near UL are destroyed after student parties, huge volumes of cars blocking footpaths. Roads, footpaths and cycle lanes littered with glass"

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One of the images of the aftermath of the 'student parties' taken by Cllr Seán Hartigan

One of the images of the aftermath of the 'student parties' taken by Cllr Seán Hartigan

One of the images of the aftermath of the 'student parties' taken by Cllr Seán Hartigan

A local councillor has posted pictures and video footage of the aftermath of “student parties” in estates located near the University of Limerick. 

Cllr Seán Hartigan took to Twitter to share the images that show streets strewn with debris including cans, bottles and paper, and knocked over wheelie bins in a residential estate.

Alongside the video he has written: “Estates near UL are destroyed after student parties, huge volumes of cars blocking footpaths. Roads, footpaths and cycle lanes littered with glass. 2,000 person party in College Court last night. (Monday).

He adds: “Residents and students who couldn't get sleep last night. Garda couldn't attend as were dealing with other incidents.

“We need a large garda presence in the area and UL need to engage and have an off campus code of conduct as I have repeatedly requested.”

A number of local residents contacted Cllr Hartigan after the College Court housing estate which is located close to the University of Limerick was “destroyed”.

"When I arrived in the morning to inspect, the place was destroyed,” Cllr Hartigan was quoted in the Limerick Leader.

“I was notified of an old woman who couldn't make her usual walk through Elm Park due to the amount of glass covering the footpath," he added.

According to the paper, residents in Milford Grange housing estate are seeking a number of behavioural codes to be implemented in an off-campus policy similar to that seen by UCC.

“Their hope is that a designated person will oversee student behaviour, that appropriate sanctions will be brought in and that a UL staff member will liaise with residents in off-campus housing estates,” it has been stated.

“UL need to take responsibility,” said Cllr Hartigan who resides in Castleconnell.

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“With a lack of student accommodation available, the problem is only going to escalate."

A spokesperson for UL was quoted as saying: "The University takes any behaviour that disrupts the campus and local community very seriously and will address matters in accordance with existing procedures outlined in the UL Student Code of Conduct."

Gardaí have also been quoted as saying they will continue “high visibility patrols” in the vicinity of the University of Limerick and surrounding residential areas.

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