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Sunday 4 December 2016

€150k contract on offer for caterer to feed gardai covering inner city events

FEEDING on-duty gardai during big events in the north inner city will cost €150k over the next three years.

An event caterer is currently being sought to deliver meals to gardai when they are covering events such as big games in Croke Park.

Other events covered under the tender include the upcoming 1916 Centenary celebrations, St Patrick’s Day festivities and games in Dalymount Park.

It is estimated that it will cost €50k per year to provide this service to the gardai and a contractor is being sought over the next three years.

The service could also be used during protests and marches in the area.

The Office of Government Procurement on behalf of the Garda Commissioner is seeking a catering company to provide the service for gardai working in the north central region.

According to the latest figures available from the Department of Justice there are 601 gardai working in this area.

The north central division includes the Bridewell Station and Store Street, which is one of the busiest stations in the country.

Fianna Fail’s spokesperson for justice Niall Collins explained that some of the expense would be recouped through the GAA for the provision of the service.

Any expense that would be paid by the taxpayer for meal delivery is a necessary cost associated with policing large scale events.

Pressure

“That cost is just part of the cost of event policing,” he said.

Events such as St Patrick’s Day usually draw around one million visitors to the capital, whereas Croke Park accommodates more than 80,000 people.

Large scale events put garda resources, which have been reduced in recent years, under increased pressure.

Any business interested in applying for the role may do so through the usual process on the eTenders website before May 29.

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