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Gardaí respond to MCD criticism - say they stand by their report

An Garda Síochána have tonight released a statement, just hours after MCD issued one of their own.

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GARDAI HAVE TONIGHT issued a statement in response to MCD’s criticism of their handling of Swedish House Mafia concert last July.

In it, they state that the “position of An Garda Síochána in relation to the concert in the Phoenix Park on 7 July, 2012 remains as set out in the Commissioner’s letter to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence on 25 July last.”

In that report, they had stated that the MCD control centre was ‘not fit for purpose’. At the time, the managing director of MCD, Denis Desmond, had described the report as ‘unbalanced’.

Tonight’s statement by An Garda Síochána goes on to say:

Following that review a series of measures were put in place involving all the parties concerned which helped to ensure that the recent concerts in Marlay Park went off successfully.
The priority of An Garda Síochána is to do everything within its power and work with all the parties involved to ensure that there is no repetition at future events of the type of incidents which took place at the Phoenix Park concert.

Read: MCD slams Garda over Phoenix Park gig >

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