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Dublin: 17 °C Wednesday 18 September, 2019
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This is the hotline number for Phoenix Park residents as concerts start today

Justin Timberlake kicks off a series of concerts at the Dublin park this week as authorities hope to avoid a repeat of the violence which marred last year’s Swedish House Mafia gig.

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AS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE kicks off the first of three concerts at the Phoenix Park this week a telephone hotline will be open for residents who have concerns and complaints related to the events starting today.

Thousands are expected to descend on the park throughout today with the good weather likely to bring people out in their droves early on but gardaí and the authorities are hoping to avoid a repeat of the violence which marred last year’s Swedish House Mafia event.

Gardaí have promised a more robust security operation in conjunction with the on-site security teams and will be conducting intensive searches for alcohol with a focus on areas outside the park where trouble brewed last year.

In addition to this a hotline will take and deal with complaints residents relating to the concerns and will be open from 9am this morning until 12 midnight. The number is 01 6790021.

Local councillor Mary Fitzpatrick said that residents have been promised improvements on last year’s event.

“”We have been promised greatly improved management of this years concerts including a more robust Security and Garda operations plans, an integrated waste/litter management plan for the Concert Site, the Phoenix Park itself and also the residential areas,” she said.

Timberlake headlines tonight’s concert with support from British singer Jessie J and X Factor winner James Arthur. The Killers play the Phoenix Park this Saturday with Mumford and Sons headlining a concert on Sunday.

Read: Phoenix Park concerts given go-ahead, subject to strict new conditions

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