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'Serious threats' were made about protests and rioting before RIC event called off

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Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Justin Farrelly

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Justin Farrelly

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Justin Farrelly

The Department of Justice knew there were likely to be major "sensitivities" around its plan for a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police months before the event was made public.

As controversy grew earlier this year, security fears emerged with the Office of Public Works [OPW] - which manages Dublin Castle where the event was due to take place - saying there would need to be "significant assistance" from the Garda.

"The gardaí have been in touch alright and they are very concerned," wrote an OPW official in an email to the department. "There have been serious protest/riot threats made."