I welcome the report from the Garda Commissioner into the events which took place at the Swedish House Mafia concert on July 7th in the Phoenix Park. The report underlines the seriousness of the events, identifies significant issues and failures and makes recommendations with regards the holding of future such events.
The report states that the Phoenix Park is not suitable for electronic dance music events, there was an absence of appropriate security measures and identifies a number of other basic operational deficiencies with the venue and the management of the event.
I am calling on the Minister Brian Hayes to ensure that MCD is not permitted to hold any similar events until they respond in detail to the points raised in this report. MCD have been afforded an opportunity to respond to these criticisms at the local policing committee but they have yet to confirm their attendance. I would like to know how much Minister Hayes' Department was paid for the use of the park, what was the true cost of the event including clean-up, when will the ugly hoarding be removed and the park returned to the public.
I again call on MCD to respond in detail to the criticisms made in this report. I hope they accept my invitation to the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee and use it as an opportunity to start to repair the situation.
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