Tuesday 24 April 2018

Massive garda operation swings into action as Dublin prepares for boozy night

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Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Thousands of gardai have been drafted into the capital to deal with the traditional St Patrick’s day party.

Officers have been placed at key points across Dublin while a private security firm has been recruited to act as bouncers at entrances to Temple Bar.

Up to half a million people are expected in the city's pubs and nightclubs this evening.

The massive police operation in the city is being led by Assistant Commissioner for Dublin Jack Nolan, Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy and Chief Superintendent Francis Clerkin.

The garda Mounted Unit and Dog Unit are providing vital support on the ground while the Air Support Unit is getting a bird's eye view of the events as they unfold.

Gardai were paraded at Dublin Castle this morning as part of the St Patrick’s Day policing operation.

And following the meeting a spokesman issued a series of pleas for people to behave responsibly this evening.

A spokesman said: “This year, An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council are implementing a number of additional safety measures on Saint Patricks Day in the Temple bar area.

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“These measures will include barrier controls at access and egress points for both pedestrian and vehicles, strict enforcement of illegal drinking in public areas.

“There will be an enhanced Garda presence on the streets in and around the Temple Bar area from early morning until late.

“These measures are being introduced to enhance and improve the experience of visitors, residents and businesses from both a safety and enjoyment point of view.”

Revellers have been reminded not to drink on the streets while Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council warned people not to bring crates of beer into Temple Bar for a street party.

A private security firm has been drafted in to help man Temple Bar and the surrounds.

Accompanied by gardai these workers will act as bouncers at the 38 entrances to the city’s main party thoroughfare.

Once gardai­ determine that Temple Bar is at peak capacity then access will be blocked and no more people will be allowed in.

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