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Thursday 18 December 2014

Crackdown on booze will end gigs 'mayhem'

GARDAI and promoters will be required to produce high-level plans weeks before upcoming concerts as part of a bid to avoid a repeat of last summer's Phoenix Park mayhem.

Intense negotiations between gardai and concert promoters MCD have taken place over the past few months as part of plans to significantly improve security at outdoor events.

It's understood that "serious consideration" is being given to the implementation of strict new rules governing both the amount and type of alcohol that can be consumed at events.

A "detailed" joint operation plan will be produced several weeks before each concert as part of the plans to improve safety, the Herald has learned.

The document will form part of the overall management plan governing each concert and must be lodged with Dublin City Council.

Officials are focusing on issues such as "risk assessment", "security deployment" and "alcohol consumption".



Licence

Other new measures set to be introduced include the advertising of the licence applications for concerts on the city council planning website.

Council officials have agreed to issue the licence 10 days before the event takes place.

This will allow local representatives enough time to inform residents of important details relating to the concert, such as start and finish times.

The major review of gigs was carried out in the wake of the bloody scenes that occurred during July's Swedish House Mafia concert at the Phoenix Park.

There were more than 30 arrests for knife attacks, public order offences, drug possession and drug dealing at the gig -- which was strongly condemned by local representatives.

Inner city councillor Nial Ring today said he was confident that the review would ensure that there would be no repeat of the "mayhem" experienced at the concert.

"The emphasis on security and alcohol consumption is most welcome and strict enforcement will get the message across to concert-goers -- enjoy yourselves but not at the expense of ordinary citizens going about their daily lives," he added.

noconnor@herald.ie

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