Maynooth rag week public order anger

GARDAI told a female landlord in Maynooth not to go to a house where a large party was taking place at her out rented property because it was too dangerous, Maynooth Community Council heard at a meeting last Monday, March 12.

GARDAI told a female landlord in Maynooth not to go to a house where a large party was taking place at her out rented property because it was too dangerous, Maynooth Community Council heard at a meeting last Monday, March 12.

Concern was expressed publicly over public order issue and shortage of Gardai during the so-called recent “rag week” at NUI Maynooth after Community Council chairman, Tom McMullon, told the story.

He said the landlady had contacted the Gardai due to “a massive party” at College Green with up to 200 people on the street. “They said: Don’t go, it is too dangerous,” he told the meeting.

Gardai told him, when he contacted them, to contact local TDs because there are garda shortages.

“There are a lot of elderly in the area. Some were terrified of the noise but there was nothing vicious,” he said.

Mr. McMullon claimed he phoned the Gardai in Leixlip “but they slammed down the phone on me because they thought I was too noisy”.

Cllr. John McGinley said the Council should write to Garda Chief Superintendent, Michael Byrnes.

Sean Cushen, a Tidy Town Association member said Maynooth “must be compensated,” because litter rises 40% when the college was open.

Other members said the rag week drinking activities were promoted by publicans and night club owners.

Aengus O’Maeloin, former student union president, said he was disgusted by the incidents but he added: “The pubs took over rag week. You make drink cheap and there are not enough Gardai.” He said the student unions had phased out rag week because of problems.

Brendan Ashe, who is associated with NUIM management, said the college wanted to phase out “rag week,” which is now organised by publicans.

He said there were 8,500 students and most were law abiding. Rag week was attracting outsiders. There were calls for the drinking laws to be enforced.

Council secretary, Muireann Ni Bhrolchain, a NUIM lecturer, said Maynooth needed more Gardai than Leixlip or Celbridge. “No one in their right mind would treat Maynooth the same as other other towns,” she said.

Another member, Mattie Callaghan (Tidy Towns) said the AA had advised motorised to avoid Maynooth on one of the days due to all the broken glass on the street. Cllr. John McGinley said pubs could be stopped getting late night licences.