Sunday, March 05, 2006

Holyland Resident's Slam Student Election Campaign

The Holyland residents group has complained to the University about recent campaigning for the students union elections.

In a letter to Pro-Vice Chancellor, Gerry McCormac, the chairman of the group, Mr David Farrell said, "No street or lamp post has escaped, posters have been illegally stuck up in places that are not normally used for posting...", he continues "There will not be a team of conscientious student leaders dutifully removing the posters after the elections."

Mr Farrell has had regular correspondence with the University regarding anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area located behind the main campus (see picture). His letter, obtained by The Gown, pulls no punches in its condemnation of the University and the Students' Union. "The people whose faces appear on these posters will do nothing for any of the real issues that effect the lives of students such as, social welfare, student living conditions and professional advice on lethal tenancy agreements. These 'leaders' will however, press for cheaper drink and longer opening hours to consume it, before they too eventually drag themselves through this neighborhood howling out their attention deficiencies" he said.

Mr Farrell fears that St Patricks day will once again bring mayhem to the streets that he calls home. While the University is attempting to provide alternative festivities, it's actions seem to have done little to satisfy Mr Farrell. He went on, "Everything still points to the fact that QUB have very little interest in the community which it purports to be at the heart of. It's more like a cancer, unchecked and malignant, not satisfied until it has infected the whole. Things are not improving, one set of rules for QUB and to hell with everywhere else."

Thus far no response has been forthcoming from the University.

5 Comments:

Anonymous David Cather said...

If you're going to put posters on lamp-posts you should take them down again afterwards. Otherwise you should be billed for their removal by the DOE in the same manner as parties are in elections outside of Queens.

3/06/2006 8:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Queen's could impose a fine on the candidates - elected or not - or maybe the SU President should take a stand on this!

3/06/2006 2:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posters also up the Stranmillis Road, on phone boxes, bus stops etc. I hope that the council will take action for littering after all the name or names of the individuals are on the posters and I am sure they can be contacted through the University...

3/06/2006 5:37 pm  
Anonymous Joe Mangel said...

Perhaps the candidates should only be able to collect their deposits after they are satisfied that such posters have been removed?

3/07/2006 1:02 am  
Anonymous Kat said...

well - i took this up with the returning officer before the elections who basically made it clear the union doesn't care about flyposting - it shows a certain "hunger" for the role apparently.

3/13/2006 5:28 pm  

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