Organisers of a Drogheda music pageant have requested a garda presence following the escalation of gang violence.
Over four,000 individuals are anticipated to attend boutique music pageant Vantastival which is about to happen over the June Financial institution Vacation at Beaulieu Home in Co Louth.
Co-founder Louise Tangney mentioned: “We’ve got an amazing relationship with the Garda in Drogheda who’ve by no means insisted on a presence. We requested it ourselves this yr only for the protection of our attendees.
“Previous to this, we might have invited Gardai in for a stroll across the website however this yr they are going to be on-site for the primary time.”
She added that the ticket gross sales had not been affected by the current incidents of gang violence affecting Drogheda.
She informed the Irish Solar: “The gardai don’t suppose we’ll be affected by what’s happening in Drogheda however we now have been rising safety for the previous few years anyway with the expansion of the pageant.”
(Picture: Kieran Carr)
Earlier this month it emerged 25 new Garda recruits are being despatched to the city to fight ongoing violence within the area which noticed a person shot in broad daylight in a closely populated space.
Violence erupted in Drogheda after one gang break up and assaults started between rival factions with 30-40 criminals estimated to be on both sides.
A string of petrol-bombings, abductions, shootings and violent assaults waged between two feuding gangs has shone the highlight in town for all of the improper causes.
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