NUIG withdraws its support for rag week because of 39unruly behaviour39 2009: Nui Galway

NUIG withdraws its support for rag week because of 39unruly behaviour39

NUI GALWAY says a &8220series of unfortunate incidents&8221 influenced its decision to withdraw its support for the university&8217s annual rag week.

The event &8220will no longer form part of the university calendar&8221, NUI Galway (NUIG) senior management said in a statement yesterday. &8220Unfortunately this week of charitable events has been overshadowed by a minority of students using this time as an opportunity for excessive drinking, leading ultimately to unsafe, unruly and anti-social behaviour,&8221 NUIG management said. The college said it had conveyed its decision to the NUIG students&8217 union president Muireann O&8217Dwyer, and it would continue to support students fundraising for charity. The Saw Doctors opened NUIG students&8217 union rag week last weekend. Fundraising events include a fire walk, shave-off, triathlon and swimathon, and nominated charities this year are the children&8217s cancer-support group CD&8217s Helping Hands, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, L&8217Arche, which supports people with intellectual disabilities, and the Belarus Orphanage Project. NUIG said it had an alcohol policy aimed at promoting sensible drinking, but the &8220easy availability of cheap alcohol during this week&8221, along with special offers and extended drinking hours, did not help the college in its endeavours. It said it had written to publicans, club-owners and off-licence premises twice in the last year asking for co-operation. &8220Unfortunately a number of clubs have not co-operated,&8221 it said. Students&8217 Union president Muireann O&8217Dwyer said she regretted the college&8217s decision, but rag week would continue this week and in future years.

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