Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (266)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

269 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has received a detailed report from the Garda Commissioner regarding the trouble which occurred in the Phoenix Park on the 7 July last; if the promoters and relevant local authorities and the Office of Public Works officials were interviewed; the number of persons arrested and charged to date; the number of successful convictions secured to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35839/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

As I set out in my response to the Deputy on 17 July 2012 (Question No. 535), An Garda Síochána is reviewing what happened at the concert in question. An initial meeting was held with the concert organisers last week and it was agreed that both organisations will carry out a more in depth review regarding all aspects of the event. The fact is that the arrangements which were in place on the Saturday night did not prevent the type of behaviour which took place.

The Garda Commissioner has undertaken to let me have a full report following that review and I can assure the Deputy that I am determined any lessons will be taken fully into account in future planning and risk management of such events.

Insofar as arrests are concerned, I am informed that 148 incidents were reported in connection with the event in question and 33 persons were arrested. The majority of the incidents remain under investigation. One person has been charged with offences of assault, contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act, 1997 and several offences contrary to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1996 and was remained in custody.