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Promoter MCD disputes €4,000 A&E bill after Phoenix Park gig knifings

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Published 19/11/2012 | 05:00

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CONCERT promoters MCD are disputing a €4,000 hospital bill for the treatment of people injured at the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park last summer.

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They were sent the bill in August by Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, which treated six people who had been stabbed. Others had minor injuries.

The hospital treated 39 people who attended its A&E department after three concerts in the park on July 7, but it confirmed it has still not received any payment from MCD for the €4,085 invoice it had submitted.

The Mater Hospital treated eight people who required medical assistance after the Swedish House Mafia concert, but did not send any bill to MCD.

Labour TD Eamonn Maloney said it meant that a total of 47 people had required hospital treatment after the Phoenix Park concerts organised by MCD, and he called on the promoters to pay the Connolly bill.

"It was a private function, people paid good money to get in, they didn't pay money to be attacked. Why should the rest of us pay for this?" he asked.

Nine people in all were stabbed, and two young men died following suspected drug overdoses. Witnesses said the atmosphere at the event was terrifying.

A garda report said proper security measures were not taken by MCD.

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The promoters defended their decision not to pay Connolly Hospital, saying in a statement: "At no stage were MCD advised, or requested in advance of the event, to make any payment towards any potential charges which may have been incurred by Connolly Memorial Hospital."

MCD said the HSE had praised the work of MCD Medical Services after a post-concert meeting on August 30.

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