Plans are underway for the installation of CCTV cameras on College Road in a joint project between UCC, gardaí and the city council.
Independent city councillor Mick Finn said the cameras could be in place before the next RAG Week which would be good news for local residents.
Tenders for the installation of the cameras are currently being assessed by the city council with the winning bid expected to be chosen in the coming weeks and work to start shortly afterwards.
“I do hope that this is imminent and will be in place before RAG Week which is usually held around February,” Cllr Finn said.
“While the gardaí, Students’ Union heads and university management should be applauded for the way in which they handled Fresher’s Week, there is an onus on all these groups, plus the city council to ensure that local residents can live their lives in peace.”
“The behaviour of a small minority of students makes life a living hell for some residents near UCC and I am hopeful that the installation of CCTV, along with continued good community policing from the gardaí in Barrack Street, will help alleviate these problems,” Cllr Finn stated.
“The continued location of a garda operation at Barrack Street is also crucial to this as its removal, or even downgrading from an area of over 40,000 people doesn’t really make any sense.” he added.