An Garda Síochána have suggested they were satisfied with the health and safety measures taken by the Kildare County Board as early as Monday for this Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier clash in St Conleth’s Park.
On Wednesday, the GAA stated they had agreed to the game against Mayo being staged at the Newbridge venue having been given more assurances. A statement read: “Following discussions with the Kildare County Committee and An Garda Síochána in recent days, upgraded match-day and traffic management plans involving extra stewarding and gardaí will be put in place to cater for the large crowds expected at the venue before the game.”
Two days earlier, the Kildare County Board stated the only stipulation the Gardaí made, in agreeing to facilitate a match at St Conleth’s Park on Saturday, was that the throw-in time be 7pm so as not to clash with the Irish Derby in the nearby Curragh Racecourse. That was corroborated by RTÉ TV on Tuesday.
Responding to Irish Examiner queries concerning their opinion of Kildare GAA’s event plan on Monday, the Garda Press Office said local gardaí had been in regular communications with the county board.
They stated: “Comprehensive traffic management and policing will be in place to facilitate both major sporting events taking place in Co Kildare this weekend. Local gardaí have been in constant communication and will continue to liaise closely with both event organisers in the run-up to and during these events. Although we cannot discuss specific details of the communications, local Garda management are satisfied that all of the policing requirements will be met to ensure the safety and security of those attending.”
Meanwhile, Kildare’s management committee yesterday apologised to supporters who won’t be able to gain admission to the qualifier. They also appealed to ticketless supporters not to come to Newbridge.
“Coiste Chontae Chill Dara would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to the clubs, and followers of Kildare GAA, who have been so supportive not just this week but through all good times and bad. That is something we have never taken for granted.
“It is a source of great regret therefore that we will not be able to accommodate the huge demand for tickets among the Kildare GAA public for this game, and thank you for your understanding and patience in this regard. We would ask people who do not have a ticket for the match not to turn up in Newbridge.”