MCD, the event promoters for the Swedish House Mafia concert held in the Phoenix Park in July made contact with me today and we discussed my proposal to review the Phoenix Park concerts at the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee.
The role of the Joint Policing Committee is to review crime in the area, examine the causes of such crime and identify ways to address and ideally eliminate such crime. I chair the committee which is made-up of DCC, Gardai, members of the Oireachteas, community representatives and local drugs task force representatives.
We had a constructive conversation. I explained that it is my intention that the Dublin Central JPC will bring together the Gardai, DCC, MCD and the OPW to identifying what went wrong at the concerts and make recommendations to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated. This is not a “finger pointing” exercise, this is a constructive and co-operative process whereby all the stakeholders work together to ensure a reduction in crime for our community.
MCD has agreed to consider the invitation to attend the JPC. I will continue to talk to MCD and the other parties with a view to engaging them fully in the JPC process over the coming days and weeks.