Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gig venue couldn't be repaired because of rain -- OPW

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

THE Office of Public Works (OPW) has blamed rain for the lack of repairs to the site where three music concerts were staged in Phoenix Park earlier this month.

Shows by the reformed Stone Roses, Swedish House Mafia, and Snow Patrol took place in the area of the park on July 5, 7 and 8.

However, the area still remains sealed off three weeks later.

The OPW, which oversees the Dublin venue, has blamed the wet summer weather for the waterlogged conditions.

A statement said: "Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather at the moment, our contractor cannot enter the site as it is waterlogged.

"As soon as we get three or four days of good drying weather, the contractor will reinstate the site and we will remove the hoarding."

The desirability of the park as a concert venue was raised after chaotic scenes at the Swedish House Mafia gig, in which nine people were stabbed and two young men died from suspected drug overdoses.

However, junior minister Brian Hayes, who has responsibility for the OPW, would not preclude the opportunity for other concerts in Phoenix Park.

Amid questions about the level of security, promoter MCD defended the number of personnel on duty, stating there were 511 security guards and 145 gardai present.

Irish Independent

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