Gardaí receives over 4 million euros for the surveillance of sporting events, concerts and Hollywood films


Gardaí have been paid more than €4 million for non-public events over the last 18 months, including Hollywood films, special trucking, sporting events and concerts.

The amount of money paid has increased significantly this year with the broader resumption of events following Covid-19 restrictions.

Last year An Garda Síochána received 1.92 million euros in non-public levies, but already in the first six months of this year 2.17 million euros have been transferred.

Gardaí said the most expensive event so far in 2022 was a series of concerts at Malahide Castle in June, for which MCD paid them €271,845.

The next largest bill of just over €150,000 was paid for music events in June at St Anne’s Park, including performances by Duran Duran and Kodaline.

All eight of the next largest bills were paid for events at the Aviva stadium – a mix of concerts, rugby and football matches, with Gardaí paying between €19,000 and €47,000 per event for their work.

Last year’s highest fees were all for rugby and football games at the Aviva or GAA games at Croke Park. The bills ranged from €14,000 to €28,000, according to figures released under freedom of information legislation.

Gardaí said that since January 2021, non-public compulsory events had taken in a total of 4.088 million euros, all of which were reimbursed by the companies involved.

A list of the companies that paid the highest fees to An Garda Síochána shows how a transport company paid nearly €310,000 in non-public charges last year.

Mar-Train Heavy Haulage provides haulage services for exceptional or wide loads and specializes in the haulage of wind farm components.

Potteries Haulage paid a further €247,000 for similar services.

Non-public dues of around €123,000 were paid by GAA Croke Park for their events, while Clocktower Films – their film Disenchanted was filmed in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, among other places – paid over €115,000 to Gardaí.

A sum of €112,000 was paid by the University of Limerick to Gardaí to conduct patrols in off-campus areas after public concerns about anti-social activities and large-scale parties.

So far this year, MCD has been the biggest donor, raising nearly €605,000 across a range of events it has sponsored.

Next came the IRFU with bills totaling €196,892 with a string of high profile Six Nations fixtures and the FAI paying nearly €113,000 so far in 2022.

Daytona Heavy Haulage – another transport company offering specialist removal services – paid €66,859 while Amphitheater Ireland paid €65,105.

An information note states: “Non-public duties are carried out by members of An Garda Síochána under agreements with organizers of events such as football matches, concerts and racing events, etc.

“[They] seek to enlist the services of members of An Garda Síochána to perform tasks that would not normally be assigned to them.”

Gardaí said the work is usually carried out by members who would be “otherwise off duty” and it was generally common practice to charge police within events.

They said: “In general, the costs of policing duties performed by gardaí outside of the event, such as traffic stops, strike patrols and other public policing duties … are not paid for by the organization hosting the event.

“However, for some specific larger events, An Garda Síochána requests a contribution from the organizers to the total police costs.”

The information note said this was generally agreed by the local district official with the organizers, taking into account the nature and size of the event. Gardaí receives over 4 million euros for the surveillance of sporting events, concerts and Hollywood films

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