Extra security measures in place for Slane

Thursday 08 August 2013 16.07
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Eminem will take to the stage at Slane Castle on 17 August
Eminem will take to the stage at Slane Castle on 17 August
Gardaí say facilities are in place to deal with every eventuality
Gardaí say facilities are in place to deal with every eventuality

Extra security will be in place for the Eminem concert at Slane Castle later this month.

500 gardaí along with the Garda Mounted Unit and the National Drugs Unit with sniffer dogs will be patrolling the grounds of the Castle on the weekend of 17 August.

As well as extra gardai, around 1,000 security personnel will also be on duty.

Superintendant Michael Devine of Navan Garda Station said the garda presence will be “robust and stern and very much upfront”.

He said “facilities have been put in place to deal with every eventuality”.

Supt Devine added that extra resources will be place to deal with anyone who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Eleven ambulances will be on site, staffed by 24 paramedics, five doctors and 10 nurses.

Checkpoints will be in place on roads in the area from 4pm on the Friday before and additional personnel will be on duty.

Supt Devine said gardaí are working closely with promoters MCD to ensure a peaceful and successful event.

MCD said 84,000 tickets have been sold and there are still a limited number of tickets on sale, but none will be available on the day of the concert.

Concert goers are advised to use public transport where possible and parking is only allowed in designated car parks.

Any cars parked on roadsides and causing an obstruction will be towed away.

Lord Henry Mountcharles made a special appeal to people to steer clear of the River Boyne which runs along the back of the castle venue, as it is a very dangerous, fast flowing river.

There have been a number of fatalities with people trying to get into the venue by swimming across the river.

Concert goers will also be searched on the way into the grounds and no alcohol, drugs, umbrellas or weapons of any kind will be allowed past the gates.

This year the organisers made a special plea to bus operators not to allow the consumption of alcohol on their buses bringing people to the venue as it just adds to the problems if people arrive at the venue already drunk.