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Gardaí raised €5m through policing of events since start of 2012

The money came from provision of security and other policing duties at sports events, concerts & festivals.

Image: Croke Park - Photocall Ireland

FIGURES FROM THE Department of Justice show An Garda Síochána recouped over €5.5 million through the policing of sporting and other events since the start of last year.

Accounts show the force brought in an extra €4,124,556 during 2012 for security at sporting fixtures, concerts & festivals, and other events. Of that total, sports events accounted for €1,954,323.

In the first nine months of the year, the comparative figure raised was €1,428,954. However, that number is expected to rise once receipts for the All Ireland Finals are in, along with funds from other sports fixtures and concerts.

The details were confirmed by Justice Minister Alan Shatter following a parliamentary question from Reform Alliance TD Terence Flanagan.

The Minister also confirmed to the Dublin North East deputy that all ‘non public duty’ costs for sporting events in Croke Park are met by the GAA.

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