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Gardaí received close to €5million for policing private events this year

The figure has increased since 2012.

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GARDAÍ RECEIVED €4.7 MILLION for policing private events in 2014.

As of 16 December, An Garda Síochána charged €4,740,403 for this service – some €1,405,710 on policing sporting fixtures, €1,260,830 for concerts and festivals, and €2,073,863 on other events.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald revealed the figures in the Dáil recently, in response to a parliamentary question asked by Independent TD Tommy Broughan.

Section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 allows the Garda Commissioner, as Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote, to charge for police services on a non-public duty basis for commercial events such as sports fixtures and concerts.

policing private events Source: Oireachtas.ie

*as of 16.12.14

In 2013, the money recouped for sporting fixtures was lower due to a delay in the receipt of payment of fees from a number of sporting organisations

Fitzgerald told Broughan she had been informed by Garda Authorities that a more detailed breakdown of figures is “not readily available and cannot be compiled without using up a disproportionate amount of Garda resources”.

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