Since the closing of Java, the common room purposed for Cumann na Gaelach was being used as a substitute, and a dumping ground.
Java is one of the few cafes on the DCU St. Patrick’s Campus and is currently closed for reconstruction.
In the meantime, students have been using the common room near Java, and leaving it a
mess. Students are using the room because with the closure of Java, they had nowhere
else to go.
“The sink especially is disgusting, people just leave cutlery there. They’ll go to the canteen to get knives and forks and then just leave them in the sink dirty, it’s gross,” said third year Irish and Geography student in St. Patricks College Conor O’Reilly, who added that he has never seen any staff there during the day.
Several students from St. Patricks College have said that they have never seen any cleaning staff on duty in the room.
“It’s really dusty everywhere and I never see any staff around there,” said first year Jazz and Contemporary Music student in St. Patricks College Caoimhe Browne.
SU Irish Officer Sorcha Ní Chongaile, has said that the main issue with the crowds in the
common room is the microwave which is something the canteen are objecting to having.
“It’s a health and safety issue,” and “nobody cleans it, it’s filthy,” she said.
Ní Chongaile said that she has tried every method she can think of to get the microwave removed but has not succeeded in doing so.
O’Reilly also said that he used to use the room for quiet study and speaking Irish, however it’s
near impossible to do so since Java shut down, because the room is always packed with
people speaking English or making noise while waiting to use the microwave.
“The common room is an ideal place for students studying the Irish language,” and “because the library is always busy and it’s the only other quiet place to study while being surrounded by the language,” he said.
Ní Chongaile said that she, and the Irish Office have received complaints about people speaking English in the room and being noisy.
“There’s loads of seating areas that students don’t know about, they’re kind of hidden,” she
“The Irish Office will be stepping in to do something because there have been complaints. It’s not fair to people going in there to use the room for its purpose, which is to speak Irish,” she continued.
The room is funded to be used for Irish-speaking purposes only and is designed to function
as an Irish-speaking environment.
Ní Chongaile has received several complaints from students about being asked to leave the room because they are speaking English. She said that while students are being asked to leave the common room, they have nowhere else to go.
It was arranged that the café would reopen this week, however, students have described Java as looking “like a building site” with “sawdust everywhere.”
Ní Chongaile said that although Java is said to be reopened next week, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen.
When Java does eventually reopen, Ní Chongaile hopes the regular Java users will go back, and leave the common room for its purpose intended purpose.
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