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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Garda crowd control: Fears of huge crowds heading to north Dublin coast

DART trains operating as normal at Sutton Dart Station on time for rush hour

Published 18/06/2014 | 14:59

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Gardai have described the precaution of no train stoppages at Sutton DART station as a "rolling decision" - as they work to ensure that beach crowds are kept under control.
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Gardai have been deployed to the north Dublin coast as a security precaution, since massive crowds are expected to descend on the area this evening.

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Gardai requested that no DART trains stop at Sutton Dart station from 2pm this afternoon to deter crowds.

This enforcement has now been lifted, on time for rush hour in the capital city.

Gardai had described the precaution as a "rolling decision" to ensure that beach crowds were kept under control.

Iarnrod Eireann said later today DART services were back to normal.

As the masses head to the north Dublin coast to enjoy today's soaring temperatures, gardai are keeping a presence.

A garda spokesperson told independent.ie that while there have been no reported incidents so far, but a garda presence is now evident in the area.

"Because of the day that's in it, we assume that a lot of people are on the way to Howth."

At the end of last month, several hundred teenagers descended upon Howth in north Dublin where vicious clashes erupted.

Several revellers were left injured.

During recent summers, several people have been injured and arrested by gardai, after "mini-riots" have broken out on sun-filled days.

Read more on brawl over June bank holiday weekend: Schoolgirl tells of being punched, kicked and bitten in Howth attack

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