Tensions continue to rise over Holylands debate
Backtracking on a press release issued in the immediate aftermath of the incident where he had claimed students were most likely responsible, Dr McDonnell recognised that he had been mistaken - police arrested a resident of the area yesterday morning and released him on bail pending further enquiries. McDonnell maintained however that student behaviour in the area has reached intolerable levels and indicated that it was a likely cause of the attack.
In an off-camera derogatory remark Dr McDonnell claimed there are "100 or so bastards" responsible for regular late-night disurbances in the area. In the ensuing debate Union President John Roger demanded an apology which he said he would receive on behalf of all students living in the area, who he reiterated "we must remember were the victims on Wednesday morning".
Initially reluctant, Dr McDonnell did eventually apologise for the remark stating that he was "just looking for solutions" to this long-running and complex problem. It is thought Dr McDonnell and the Union executive will meet in the near future to discuss just precisely what those solutions may be.
What do you think needs to be done to promote student-resident relations in the Holylands area? Are Union actions including the 'Sssh campaign' really working in light of the latest incident?