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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Improvements 'not enough' as locals campaign for less gigs in Marlay Park

Brian Murphy, Chairman of the South Dublin Protect our Park Committee and Mary Connolly, Vice-chair, with the concert stage in the background. Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Brian Murphy, Chairman of the South Dublin Protect our Park Committee and Mary Connolly, Vice-chair, with the concert stage in the background. Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
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RESIDENTS living near Marlay Park area campaigning to see a reduction in the number of gigs held there every year.

South Dublin 'Protect Our Parks' group have made a detailed submission to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council outlining concerns.

They believe that the southside park is not a suitable venue for such large-scale concerts.

Some members want to see the number of concerts reduced, while others want to see them banned outright.

"We've had 15 years of concerts and we really feel we've had our time," SDPOP member Mary Connolly told the Herald.

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"This year there was a small improvement but it's not enough," she added.

Last weekend saw both Swedish DJ Aviici and singer Paolo Nutini play to huge crowds on Friday and Saturday evening.

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Despite new measures introduced by the council in conjunction with the promoters Festival Republic, members of SDPOP said that they were still unhappy with the level of anti-social behaviour in the area over the weekend.

The group reported incidents of public drunkenness and public urination during the gigs.

However, gardai have said that the concert-goers were well behaved. A total of 31 arrests were made during the two concert days and 71 searches were carried out for drug-related offences.

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"Overall fans were well behaved as reflected in the small number of reported incidents and arrests," a garda spokesman said.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown said that more gardai, more stewards and a mobile event security team provided by the promoters were in place.

"Feedback to date indicates that the plan has delivered on all its objectives and that last Friday's concert passed without any major problems," a spokeswoman said.

She added that revenue from the concerts was used to improve the park.

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