Thursday 27 October 2016

Top garda team will protect Irish fans at Euro 2016

Cathal McMahon

Published 22/05/2016 | 21:02

Irish fans and inset Superintendent Gerry Delmar
Irish fans and inset Superintendent Gerry Delmar

The boys in blue will be keeping a close eye on the fans in green travelling to Euro 2016 next month.

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A group of gardaí, led by an experienced superintendent, have been selected to work as part of an international policing team at the event.

Last week it emerged that Isil militants were gearing up for a bomb attack at the tournament.

Upwards of 70,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to France this summer and the Garda team will be central to keeping them safe.

Superintendent Gerry Delmar. Picture: An Garda Síochána (Youtube)
Superintendent Gerry Delmar. Picture: An Garda Síochána (Youtube)

A spokeswoman explained that Supt Gerry Delmar is currently consulting with French authorities and other international law enforcement agencies about the major football tournament.

"Gardaí will travel to assist and liaise with French Authorities in regard to their operations at the Ireland games due to be held in Paris, Bordeaux and Lille," the spokeswoman confirmed.

Accompanied by French Police Liaison Officers the garda team will visit fan zones and stadia and briefings from Police Commanders regarding operations.

The team will offer unique intelligence on Irish fans to the French authorities and are likely to be called upon to deal with possible problems.

"Gardaí will monitor fan behaviour in the cities, fan zones, on transport and at the stadia and will assist French Police when required in dealing with any potential problems," a spokeswoman said.

"Gardaí will attend operational briefings from the French Police prior to games and de-briefs after such games.

"Gardaí  will liaise with the other Government Agencies and the FAI regarding concerns from the French Police or other matters arising."

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