UCC students hit back at university plans to close bar on campus

The students' union say they are highly disappointed by a lack of consultation

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Several societies at University College Cork (UCC) are protesting plans to close the Old College Bar on its campus.

UCC Students' Union, UCC Societies' Executive and UCC Clubs' Executive have hit back at the decision.

In a letter issued to UCC President Dr Michael Murphy, UCC Students' Union president Eolann Sheehan said he was 'disappointed and appalled' by the move.

"The Old College Bar is an important aspect of our university’s social and cultural history as well as an indispensable service and facility used by Societies, Clubs and student organisations on campus," he said.

He also said the students' union was "highly disappointed and shocked by the lack of consultation or awareness extended" to them.

The decision was made by University Management Team Operations (UMTO), a body which the students' union say they have been excluded from attending.

The letter acknowledges that venues and services must adapt to meet demands, and recommends that the students' union "would be happy to advise and assist in updating and changing the Old College Bar to meet the requirements of UCC students today."

However it adds that it will not accept the bar being removed and "will not stand by the loss of our student space and social history."

There are two bars within the UCC main campus: the Old College Bar and Club Áras, which is located in the student centre.