Students blasted for dorm parties as capital faces local lockdown

by Gary Ibbotson

Neighbours have hit out at massive parties being held almost every night at a student accommodation in the city centre – as Dublin’s Covid-19 numbers spiral.

Footage shows dozens of people packed tightly into a room at Host Point Campus in Dublin 1 as music blares – with no social distancing and no masks being worn.

One eye witness said: “This is going on nearly every night. These are scary times for us all, they should think of others.”

New restrictions in the capital came into force at midnight on Tuesday as the Government confirmed so-called ‘wet pubs’ would stay shut.

A spokesperson for Host Point Campus told Dublin Gazette: “As you can expect, a surge in new and excited students in the early weeks of a tenancy is challenging.”

The Host Point statement said: “We are not Hall of Residence… students are private residents and therefore we can enforce government guidance within communal space and we rely largely on young adults to behave responsibly, which the vast majority are doing.

“We encourage masks around the communal areas and receptions are screened with sanitise stations scattered across the building.

“We are aware of a student led gathering which was primarily residents of the building, that took place Monday. Aside from that there a pockets of gatherings that take place late on in the evenings.

“This is not exclusive to Point Campus and is a challenge for the sector as a whole.”

Campus management said they had dealt with a formal complaint and implemented a no visitor policy, as well as closing off the roof terrace at night. 

Meanwhile pubs across Dublin have been dealt yet another hammer blow with the news that they will not be allowed to reopen next week as in other counties.

Daniel Smith, manager at Grogan’s on South William Street, told Dublin Gazette: “We’re angry, we’re disappointed, we’re upset. They’ve gone back on their word and our trust in them is gone.”

He said the watering hole had resisted imposing a €9 tariff on customers for food but was now considering serving its famous toasties in order to reopen.

New measures were announced by Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Tuesday in the latest bid to curb the spread of the virus.

Of the 357 new cases announced on Tuesday, 218 or 61%, were in Dublin. Residents are now being asked not to travel outside the capital.

Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 is 46.8, with Dublin’s rate almost double that at 89.1 per 100,000.

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