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Get firm with Holy Land students

Published 24/08/2009

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.



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