Friday 2 December 2016

Almost 30 claims for damages follow violence at Swedish House Mafia gig

Ray Managh

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí at the Phoenix Park for the Swedish House Mafia gig in 2012 at which a number of fans were injured. Photo: El Keegan
Gardaí at the Phoenix Park for the Swedish House Mafia gig in 2012 at which a number of fans were injured. Photo: El Keegan

Almost 30 fans of Swedish House Mafia have launched claims for personal injury damages arising out of a concert by the group in the Phoenix Park four years ago.

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There were a number of attacks on fans at the concert in July 2012.

The incidents led to a meeting between event organisers and the Garda Commissioner, and the establishment of protocols governing the running of any future events in the park.

A solicitor involved in one case, which is yet to be heard by the courts, said he knew of 26 cases pending, with others also in the pipeline.

Stabbed

Last week, a man who was stabbed and beaten up at the concert settled a €60,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court for an undisclosed sum.

Barrister Suzanne Walsh asked Judge Jacqueline Linnane to strike out the claim of Niall Davey with an order for his legal costs.

The new claims will be heard by the Circuit Civil Court and, for the more serious cases, the High Court. Prior to the settlement of Mr Davey's case, barrister Pat Purcell had told the court he would be seeking to present a Report of the Garda Investigation.

It is expected the report, previously unpublished, will be opened during the forthcoming cases. The new cases are expected to come for trial before August.

Mr Davey, of Castleknock Drive, Castleknock, Dublin, had sued MCD Productions of Dún Laoghaire; Swords Risk Services Ltd, Tuam Road, Galway; Eventsec Ltd, Queen's Way, Belfast; Michael N Slattery and Associates Ltd, Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin, and PBM Productions Ltd, trading as Diffusion Events, Dún Laoghaire.

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