Gardai paid €20,000 to police events in Shannonside region this year

Gardai in the Shannonside region were paid almost 20,000 euro to police events in the region so far this year.

The biggest single payment was to Gardai in Leitrim to help manages crowds at the Cowboys and Heroes festival in Ballinamore earlier this year.

In order to provide police cover for major events and festivals, organisers normally provide a fee to Gardaí for proving officers and resources.

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Details released under the Freedom of Information Act show that almost 20,000 was spent by organisers of events across Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon in the first six months of 2019 for Gardai to attend events.

The organisers of the Cowyboys and Heroes festival paid €9,000 for garda cover, while the Landmark hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon also paid a total of €2,000 for a garda presence at events in the hotel.

The Carrick festival also paid out €900 and league matches at Dr Hyde park in the spring also came at cost to the GAA, with a total of €5,229 being paid over.

Race meetings at Roscommon racecourse also cost the organisers €1364 to provide policing cover, while just one event in Longford had a paid garda presence so far this year, with the hype music festival for teenagers costing the organisers €960 in payments to gardaí.

In total €19,953 was spent on proving garda cover for events in the Shannonside region.

The most expensive event for Garda cover this year was the Life Festival, a three-day music event in Mullingar, at 5,000 euro.