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Belfast Holyland's students behaviour no worse than at Twelfth, says SDLP landlord Boyle

By Jonny Bell

The SDLP councillor Declan Boyle - who is a landlord with student properties in the city - has compared the recent anti-social behaviour of students in the Holyland to that of Culture Night, football fans at the Euros and the Twelfth.

With the return of Freshers' Week Holylands residents have spoken out of the anti-social behaviour that has returned to their doorsteps.

Since the weekend Belfast City Council has referred a number of people to the police and their respective academic institutions.

One woman told the BBC her granddaughter was missing school because of the lack of sleep.

Discussing the matter on the BBC's Good Morning Ulster, SDLP Belfast City councillor Declan Boyle - who is also a landlord for Holylands properties - said people need to "face reality".

He said: "It was lively yesterday evening and the evening before. This is what happens in Freshers' Week, I don't excuse it, but this is what happens.

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"We have to face reality. We have an area that has thousands of students and probably 95/96% occupancy.

"I went into town last Friday night [for culture night] and people were doing exactly the same. There was, singing, drinking in the street, making plenty of a noise and left a mess behind them.

"And that's grand."

Mr Boyle continued: "During the summer we had the Euros - we had two weeks of this in France.

"And we had plenty of drinking, plenty of singing in France in Paris and they were hailed as ambassadors and they got an award for it.

"So let's get real.

"I can take you to the Lisburn Road on the Twelfth and this is repeated year-on-year.

"And it's quite acceptable

Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.
Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.
Twelfthie taken today in Glenarm. Included is Worshipful Master of Broughshane LOL 503 bro Craig Sloan, his father the Chaplin bro David Sloan and other members of the family
Vic and Jill Donaldson and Pam Currie, waiting for return parade in Portadown, despite a 'little shower'.
Joseph Ferguson (10) and Dad Stephen Ferguson in Portadown with Killeen Lodge, Armagh District.
Emma and Molly Liggett at Poyntzpass.
Riley (3) Lily (2) getting ready to watch the Twelfth in Newtownstewart Co.Tyrone
Scarlett Munday, aged 2 years from Newtownards.
The Beck Family From Kilkeel at their flagship parade with Roden LOL 1943
Father and daughter Chris (25) and Alicia (6) enjoying the parades by Belfast City Hall.
Jonathan Willis with niece Thea Willis aged 3 from LOL 97 going to Portadown.
Neil and Laura McKnight with Jenny and Emma Beck at the flagship parade in Kilkeel.
Taylor Crawford aged 8 enjoying the Twelfth with his mum in Portadown
Ulster Unionist councillor Lindsay Millar takes a Twelfthie with TUV councillor Timothy Gaston at the Ballymena demonstration
Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration
Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration
Orange Order's Community Education Officer David Scott (left) takes a Twelfthie at the Dromore demonstration
Willing participant in the Twelfthie selfie craze Finance Minister Arlene Foster
Broadcaster Paul Clarke poses for a Twelfthie with a member of Cavanpole LOL 297
Councillor Trevor Cummings tweeted a twelfthie saying 'having a glorious day between the showers' Pic: @cummingstrev
Maggie the dog's Twelthie posted by Karen @nerak35
David Brooks posted a twelfthie all the way from Virginia USA. He said: "Wishing all Orange Order brethren at home a glorious Twelfth/13th with a #Twelfthie from LOL 1105, Virginia, #USA."
Getting in the spirit of the Twelfthie pic moomin2012 @moomin20121
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford

"I am not saying this is acceptable, I am saying young people in my view drink too much and alcohol is a big part of it."

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