NUIG responds to hundreds of students gathering in Galway city last night

After footage surfaced on social media last night of hundreds of people believed to be students amid freshers week gathering on Shop Street in Galway, the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) has today released a statement condemning their actions.

Photograph: Cllr Eddie Hoare via Twitter account Photograph: Cllr Eddie Hoare via Twitter account

The statement read; "The scenes involving students and other young people in some parts of Galway city on Monday night were deplorable.

"NUI Galway has repeatedly appealed to the better judgment 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 Garda 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."

Galway is one of the latest counties in Ireland being monitored by NPHET with a decision due by the end of the week as to whether they will enter level three or not.

390 additional cases were reported in the Republic of Ireland yesterday, 21 of which were in Galway with Dr. Ronan Glynn confirming that a previous large cluster was traced to a house party in Galway.