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Delayed response to rave at Oliver Bond Complex

An Garda Síochána were in recent weeks called to an ‘illegal rave’ at the Oliver Bond Flat Complex in Dublin 8.  

Gardaí responded to numerous reports of antisocial behaviour taking place at the complex. It was reported to be a gathering of over 100 people, despite government advice being to reduce social interactions. 

Senator Catherine Ardagh posted the Taoiseach’s visit to the Oliver Bond complex

Gardaí are investigating the presence of cocaine and other illegal substances at the gathering. Used canister of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, were recovered afterwards.

The Liberty spoke to Councillor Mannix Flynn via phone call for his views about the recent incident.  

“It was an invasion, an illegal rave with many problems attached to it. There are over 20 CCTV cameras in these complexes owned by Dublin City Council and yet they still failed to respond,” said Flynn. 

Councillor Flynn also stated that for such events to take place, the residents need consent from the Dublin City Council estate management.

“The Dublin City Council had failed to stop the illegal gathering from happening and the Gardaí that arrived on the scene were given little to no instruction by the Council as to how to deal with the situation”.

“If Dublin City Council don’t take more responsibility for their apartment complexes and the management of them, we’ve got a big issue on our hands,” said Flynn. 

Since this incident, Dublin has faced a level 3 coronavirus lockdown after cases surged to as high as 600 around the country, ~200 of which being recorded in County Dublin, according to daily confirmed figures.  

Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security, John Twomey has said, “An Garda Síochána will do its part in keeping people safe.” The Deputy Commissioner also went on to say that as a community we all need to come together to protect ourselves and those most vulnerable once again.

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