University of Limerick Students’ Union president, Colin Clarke
THE president of the University of Limerick’s Students’ Union, Colin Clarke, has called on local off licences and alcohol vendors to refrain from selling glass bottles throughout Charity Week.
Mr Clarke said the request was a response to local residents who have, in the past, complained about broken glass in housing estates, which he said has resulted in health and safety risks and damaged car tyres.
Charity Week, formerly RAG Week, takes place this week and ends on Friday, March 4.
“I don’t think it is asking too much to ask local off licences to not sell glass bottles during Charity Week," he said.
“But we must not lose sight of why we organise Charity Week. The hint is in the name. We are trying to fundraise a significant amount of money for worthwhile charities and ULSU will continue to take preventative measures to ensure student and resident safety and to ensure that Charity week will always happen in UL,” he said.
He added that the students’ union is taking “progressive, preventative measures” to encourage increased community awareness amongst students.
“There will be two drink driving checkpoints during the week and the presence of the Garda drug dog unit around the estates in order to discourage non-student gangs from entering the housing estates looking to sell drugs.”