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Off to a good start... no major incidents on eve of St Patrick's Day

There was no big spike in activity on the day before the bank holiday.

Image: Pierre Lognoul/Flickr

LAST NIGHT SAW no major spike in activity the eve of St Patrick’s Day.

Yesterday marked the start of a three day period that has seen a rise in alcohol related incidents in recent years.

However, things seem to be off to a good start, with the Gardaí this morning saying there have been no major incidents or any notable surge in arrests.

With the bank holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, large numbers of people chose to celebrate St Patrick’s Day last night.

Increase in incidents 

In recent years the three day period of the 16, 17, and 18 of March has seen a rise in alcohol related incidents.

Between 2010 and 2014, 15 people were killed on Irish roads and 30 seriously injured.

In the past five years twice as many people have been arrested on St Patrick’s Day for drink driving offences when compared with other days in March.

Gardaí are today expecting around 70,000 people to come to Dublin for the parade which will see an increased Garda presence and major traffic diversions in place.

Major parades are also set to take place in cities around the country.

Read: Drink driving doubles during St Patrick’s Day period

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