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Garda fees for events hit €4.74m this year

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New figures show that despite missing out on policing the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts, the monies An Garda Siochana received from monitoring private events this year has shot up by 39pc to €4.74m.

According to figures provided by the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, Gardai to date this year have received €4.74m from policing concerts, sporting events and 'other events'.

Ms Fitzgerald has confirmed that a factor behind the sharp increase is the 2013 monies recouped for sporting fixtures are reduced, due to a delay in the receipt of payment of fees from a number of sporting organisations.

She confirmed the monies received from sporting organisations in respect of 2013 is €972,856, compared to €1.4m in 2014.

The figure for 2014 would have been much higher if the five Garth Brooks concerts had gone ahead, when the Garda was set to put in place a large-scale security operation to meet the concerns of residents living around Croke Park.

The monies would have been very welcome for the force as Minister Fitzgerald was forced to seek a supplement estimate of €75m this year to shore up the force's finances.

Minister Fitzgerald confirmed between January 2012 and December 16, 2014, An Garda Siochana have received a total of €11.73m in respect of policing the various events.

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In relation to 2014, Minister Fitzgerald stated that payments to the Garda for policing concerts, festivals and other events this year total €4.74m with the Garda charging a total of €1.26m to police concerts; €1.4m on sporting fixtures and €2.07m on other events.

The three One Direction concerts at Croke Park this year were a major driver in income for the Garda.

Last year, An Garda Siochana earned €2.8m from policing events. The National Ploughing Championships, Slanes I and II and the Electric Picnic were the most lucrative for the Garda to police in 2013. The income earned from policing events last year was sharply down on the €4.12m earned in 2012.

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