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Public Order

23 arrested, one garda injured at Calvin Harris concert in Dublin's O2

Five people were arrested over drugs offences, and two O2 staff were injured during public order incidents.

ONE GARDA AND two O2 security staff were injured during a Calvin Harris concert at Dublin’s O2 venue last night.

Gardaí said this morning that 23 concert-goers had been arrested at the event. Eighteen arrests were for public order offences, while three were for section 15 offences, which are related to the sale and supply of drugs. Two other arrests were for drug possession.

One garda was injured and brought to hospital for treatment. Two security staff from the O2 were also injured during the event.

Fianna Fáil’s local election candidate for the North Inner City, Brian Mohan, said that residents in the area had expressed concerns to him “about the concert going ahead and those concerns were ignored”.

He said the incidents follow “a worrying new trend of anti-social behaviour after concerts in the areas surrounding the O2″.

Mohan said that the O2 provides employment for the area and is “a positive force”, but the organisers and promoters of these events “are going to have to step up to the plate to address the security concerns for the local residents”.

There were no arrests at the Andre Rieu concert at the O2 the night before last, gardaí said.

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