The Holyland area of Belfast has become a byword for unacceptable behaviour, as seen on early Tuesday morning when large crowds of young people attacked police called to the scene of a street party.
While a significant number of those involved in the disturbance were students, many others were young people who travelled to the area for the revellery. This frequent partying and anti-social behaviour causes extreme annoyance to the long-suffering local residents, who complain that none of the statutory bodies, police, Belfast City Council or the universities seem able to control events and the behaviour of those involved.
But it beggars belief that these young people are so irresponsible, especially in the midst of a pandemic. They may feel they are at little danger from the virus, but surely they must realise they could be spreading the disease to more vulnerable people, including their own families, when they return home for Christmas.
Do they not care that they could be responsible for someone's death?