Gardaí pleased with clampdown

Three men remain in custody and several of the 30 vehicles seized by gardaí during a major clampdown at the annual Rally of the Lakes in Killarney remain impounded.

Gardaí in Killarney made 26 arrests over the weekend including four for minor assaults, one arrest for criminal damage and a number of drink driving, drug and other offences.

Sgt Dermot O’Connell said gardaí were pleased with the outcome but would be undertaking an even stronger approach next year.

Large numbers of boy racers left the town on Saturday night after finding that car parks, public areas of estates, and areas of the national park were completely sealed off.

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Stunts on the N22, which last year saw the lives of gardaí put in danger when up to 200 vehicles converged to block the national primary route to Cork, were kept at a minimum.

Traffic divisions from around Kerry, Cork, and Limerick were called in to patrol and operate checkpoints. The rally is one of the largest policing events of the year involving major traffic management operations for the three day event itself as well as policing the fringes, Sgt O’Connell said.

“This year is a major turning point. All the problem areas outside of town were sealed off. We feel the determined approach has paid off,” he said.

The three men in custody are accused of dangerous driving and in one case driving at speeds of up to 120km/h through the town in the early hours. The three are to appear today before Killarney District Court.

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