Get firm with Holy Land students
Published 24/08/2009 | 06:04
The sad decline of south Belfast continues. The Holy Land, its name an irony, was once a community.
It is now the preserve of greed-driven landlords and yobs and yobesses posing as students.
Their parents, most of them, don’t want them, their towns or villages don’t want them, I doubt they even want themselves. That place is a tip.
Queen’s University exercises nothing that could be regarded as pastoral care or guidance, far less sanctions on its students’ behaviour.
In my view, the university is as greed-driven as the landlords I’ve referred to. Also, in this whole area, police are notable mainly by their absence. Politicians do nothing.
The situation must change. We need a police presence, and genuine pastoral intervention from Queen’s University.
I dread the further influx of students to south Belfast, now only weeks away.