NUI Galway says last night’s scenes were “deplorable” & threatens very strong action

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NUI Galway has strongly condemned last night’s gathering of students in Galway City, saying that penalties ‘up to and including expulsion’ will be considered for breaches of public health advice.

In a statement today, the University described the scenes involving students and other young people in some parts of the city on Monday night as “deplorable”.

“NUI Galway has repeatedly appealed to the better judgement of our students and reminded them of their responsibilities under the student Code of Conduct.

“The University has also worked to ensure this year’s experience of university life is safe, supportive and enjoyable, despite the limitations that the pandemic places on us.

“NUI Galway leadership is this morning meeting with the Gardaí and Galway City Council about these incidents.

“While the vast majority of our students are doing their utmost to stay safe and helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we won’t hesitate in dealing with any breaches of public health guidelines in line with our Student Code of Conduct (which has penalties up to and including expulsion),” read the statement.

Galway is currently one of several counties under close observation by NPHET amid an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases daily.

There were 21 cases of COVID-19 in Galway notified yesterday, the fourth highest level in the country, behind Dublin, Cork, and Donegal.