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'Bring in the troops' plea

THE army should be drafted in to control the Smithfield Horse Fair until it is shut down, a city councillor has urged.

Angry politicians have also called for tougher policing of the event while they try to get it banned. altogether.

At last night's monthly meeting of Dublin City Council, officials said it was lucky "nobody died". They said it would cost €7,000 to power-wash the area.

Cllr Dermot Lacey (Lab) proposed that the army be called in while other councillors urged the fair be shut down "as a matter of urgency".