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 Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Frank McGrath

Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Frank McGrath

Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Frank McGrath

A GOVERNMENT minister has called for more effective crowd-control measures outside busy nightspots following the terrifying crowd crush at Copper Face Jacks.

"The last thing a young person going out for a night expects is to be traumatised or injured," Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said.

She added that the incident at the "Messy Monday" event should raise serious questions about conditions outside night clubs.

"The incident raised health and safety issues regarding overcrowding that should be addressed urgently by venue owners in collaboration with the gardai, fire services and local authorities," Ms Fitzgerald said.

"I also have concerns in respect of venues at attract large gatherings as a result of alcohol promotions."

It is understood gardai are reviewing CCTV from the street.

A spokesman added that they were looking at all circumstances and confirmed that officers had spoken to local businesses.

The Messy Monday event was the first at the club for over-18s. It usually restricts entry to over-21s.

Copper Face Jacks owner Cathal Jackson said yesterday that management "couldn't have anticipated" the numbers that turned up, and said he ordered doormen to let people in without paying once the crush developed.

He said: "I pride myself on our safety. Our record over 18 years stands. I never want to see anything like that again."

He added that "Messy Mondays" would probably be cancelled.

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