NUI Galway in Court over religious discrimination claim
NUI Galway are in Galway Circuit Court this week accused of religious discrimination against four students .Student siblings Enoch Burke , Ammi Burke , Isaac Burke and Kezia Burke (pictured L-R) were granted leave last December by Galway Circuit Court to challenge a lifetime Ban handed down by the University preventing them from Joining student societies at the university .
The students who at the time of their Ban in 2014 were committee members of the Christian Union Society and the Life Society were accused by University Officials of improperly using €325 to pay for flyers .
The students claim they were victimised by the university for reporting incidents of bullying and harassment of Christian students on campus
In the 18 months prior to their Ban , the students claim that other student societies most notably the Choice Society and the Palestinian Solidarity Society regularly defaced and covered their posters , this behaviour went unchallenged by University Officials which had a detrimental effect on the operation of the Christian Union Society , Life Society and wellbeing of students.
The students claim that they have obtained evidence that shows unreceipted expenditure is rife amongst student societies at NUI Galway and is known to authorities with no action taken . The students contend that in at least one case , a sum of €8,000 of unreceipted expenditure for one particular society group went unsanctioned by the University .
On 31 May , Solicitors for NUI Galway wrote to the students offering to have the case striken out of court with no order as to costs . In addition , The University wrote to the Students lifting its ban .
However , the students have rejected the offer and said they are pressing ahead for justice, Speaking on behalf of the four Plaintiffs, Enoch Burke said - "It has been over 4 years and 6 months since we were banned for life from societies at NUI Galway. Now, on the eve of the court hearing, that ban has been lifted. The University should never have imposed this ban in the first place and we are pressing ahead for justice."
The Circuit Court hearing will take place at Galway City Courthouse from Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 20 June .
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