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Elections could be disrupted by 1D gig

FEARS have been raised about access to a Dublin City polling station due to restrictions caused by a One Direction concert being held in the area on polling day.

On Friday, May 23, the same day as voting for local and European elections begins, One Direction play their first of three nights at Croke Park.

James Barry the Dublin city returning officer for the European elections has expressed his concerns after he was informed by gardai that they plan to cordon off the vicinity of O'Connell School on North Richmond Street in Dublin 1.


According to Mr Barry, gardai have now advised him that the polling station at the O'Connell Street Hall may now have to be relocated, in the interest of public safety.

The issue, which will affect up to 2,200 voters, was raised in a meeting with GAA officials by Junior Minister and local TD Joe Costello, who said that peoples' rights to vote should not be disrupted.

Garda have now sent a report to the Dublin City Sheriff's office about the clash and the fact that the Garda plans to extend its cordon in the area during the event to include Mountjoy Square and its adjoining streets.

However, a spokesperson for the GAA said that after consultations with gardai they have found that there is no need to close the polling station as it is outside the cordon.

Returning officer Mr Barry said that while no decision had been made yet on the clash, he was hopeful of a resolution.