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According to a report in the Evening Echo, University College Cork has introduced strict policies in anticipation of next month's RAG week festivities.

In an effort to appease local residents, the university has confirmed it will take a 'hardline approach' to students who cause undue disturbance during the week in question.

Students who are found to disrupt the peace will be obliged to pay €50 to the student hardship fund, and those who refuse to take responsibility will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.

Commenting on the new policy, a spokesperson for the university said: "UCC has introduced a number of initiatives to respond swiftly and decisively to students who are in breach of university rules, such as anti-social behaviour.”

Echoing this, Stewart Philpott,Head of Community Policing, added: "UCC is tightening the rules around students in houses. They are being made more answerable to the college."

"They seem to be taking a more hardline approach. The new President, Patrick O’Shea, is very much of the community and he believes the college shouldn’t be causing trouble  He seems to be very much on board from that point of view."

UCC was recently awarded the University of Sanctuary status which will allow the facility to provide seven asylum seekers with full scholarships.

The university is following in the footsteps of Dublin City University and the University of Limerick, who were also given the status by the Places of Sanctuary, Ireland.



Galway RAG Week kicked off on Monday, as yet another year of unofficial activities begin.

RAG Week has been banned in Galway since 2011, as the level of binge drinking and anti-social behaviour surrounding the week became to much.

With a 17 percent student population according to the 2011 census, student' unions withdrew support for the event which was uncontrollable.

Students are opting not to celebrate Valentine's today, and instead began queuing outside The Hole In The Wall pub on Eyre Street at 9am to celebrate Donegal Tuesday, one of the most infamous days of RAG Week due to it's high turn out. 

Gardaí have once again committed to cracking down on lairy students, and will take a "no-nonsense approach" to the independent events.

“We will be focusing on antisocial behaviour as in previous years and we will be taking a no-nonsense approach,” a spokesman for Galway Gardaí told The Connacht Tribune.

“We’re not saying to people don’t enjoy themselves but we’d urge students to just be mindful of people around them. Everyone has responsibility for themselves.”

One Galway nightclub offered to open it's doors to students at 11am this morning, a full 12 hours earlier than usual.

The offer "to facilitate the greatest day sesh of them all namely; Donegal Tuesday" has since been revoked. 

This comes after 4000 ecstasy pills and a large amount of cannabis with an estimated street value of €50,000 were seized by Gardai in Galway. It is believed that the drugs were intended for RAG Week sale. 

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