Friday 28 July 2017

Gardaí got €30m since 2010 for policing large public events

Gardaí have received over €30m since 2010 for policing events such as All-Ireland finals or large concerts by the likes of Guns N’ Roses. Photo: GETTY
Gardaí have received over €30m since 2010 for policing events such as All-Ireland finals or large concerts by the likes of Guns N’ Roses. Photo: GETTY

Gordon Deegan

Gardaí have received over €30m since 2010 for policing events such as All-Ireland finals or large concerts by the likes of Guns N' Roses and Robbie Williams.

New figures show that, last year, gardaí received €5.2m for policing music, sporting and other events. A breakdown of the 2016 payout shows that gardaí received €1.42m for covering sport events and a further €1.27m for policing concerts and festivals.

A further €2.5m was paid out to police 'other events'.

The Garda bill for policing in 2015 was €4.64m; in 2014, it was €4.45m; it was €2.86m in 2013; €4.12m in 2012; €4m in 2011 and €3.34m in 2010.

For the first five months of this year, €1.74m has been paid to gardaí, which is broken down as €1m for other events; €521,275 for sporting events and €149,150 for concerts and festivals.

The figures are contained in a letter provided by Tánaiste and former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to a written Dáil question by Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty.

Ms Fitzgerald said the objective in charging for police services is to recover the cost of providing the service. She added that charitable events relate to events organised with the objective of providing a community service.

Irish Independent

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