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Gardaí appeal to Irish fans in France to stay safe after 11 reported missing

“My appeal to fans is: don’t overdo the celebrations.”

Irish fans in Bordeaux last week.
Irish fans in Bordeaux last week.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

A GARDA SUPERINTENDENT currently in Lille with Ireland fans has appealed to them to remain safe.

Garda Superintendent Gerry Delmar told RTÉ News At One that 11 Irish fans have gone missing while in France for the Euro 2016 championship.

“We’ve had 11 people reported missing to ourselves or the Department of Foreign Affairs since the tournament started. Luckily, we’ve been able to locate each of those people and return them to their friends or family.”

He added that the process of finding missing people involves “a lot of work” and resources. He went on to say that all reports are “taken very seriously”.

Delmar said that bank statements, CCTV and mobile phone records have to be checked when a person goes missing, but said the French police were “very professional”.

My appeal to fans is: don’t overdo the celebrations. When they’re out and about, stay together. People going missing are causing unnecessary anxiety to friends and family.

“Keep in contact with people back home.”

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