Gardai will tolerate no nonsense for big weekend

Sgt Dermot O’Connell: Increased high visibility patrols in Killarney

GARDAI in Killarney have joined event organisers Killarney and District Motor Club in sending out an emphatic message in advance of this year’s Rally of the Lakes, warning visitors and locals that anti-social behaviour will simply not be tolerated.

They are expecting an influx of up to 60,000 people to town for the weekend to celebrate the rally’s landmark 40th birthday with the added attraction of seeing Oscar nominated film star Michael Fassbender competing behind the wheel.

Gardaí said the weekend of festivities is there to be enjoyed by the whole family and people enjoying themselves is exactly what they want to see.

Dermot Healy: Rally Clerk of the Course

“This year’s policing operation is built on the success of recent years. It sets out the plan of action to deal effectively with all of the policing needs that have been identified following consultation with the many stakeholders,” said Sgt Dermot O’Connell, officer in charge at Killarney Garda Station.

“There will be numerous checkpoints set up over the weekend as well as increased high visibility patrols in the Killarney area,” he added.

And he reminded drivers that if they intend to have a drink, park up the car for the evening and remember that they may still be over the limit the morning after.

Sgt O’Connell, who was speaking at the launch of the road safety campaign at Killarney Racecourse, said gardaí wish the organisers well with their event and celebrations.

Also in attendance at the launch were Supt Flor Murphy, Inspector Tony Sugrue, Sgt Gearoid Keating, Rally Clerk of the Course Dermot Healy and Patrick O’Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel which will again be the rally headquarters.

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