Gal­way Races mount ter­ror se­cu­rity blitz

Warn­ing to pun­ters over searches

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY SYLVIA POWNALL

Armed garda

An es­ti­mated 150,000 race­go­ers will pass through the turn­stiles dur­ing the week-long fes­ti­val at Ballybrit which runs from Mon­day July, 31, to Sun­day, Au­gust 6.

But they are warned to al­low ex­tra time for their jour­ney and to ex­pect queues due to “more ex­ten­sive bag and phys­i­cal search pro­ce­dures… at all race­course en­trances”.

These in­clude ran­dom full body pat downs and bag searches us­ing metal de­tec­tors with back­packs and totes larger than A4-size banned. And while bug­gies are per­mit­ted, they too may be sub­jected to searches.

A Gal­way Races spokesman said: “Fol­low­ing a re­view of safety pro­ce­dures with the rel­e­vant author­i­ties and with the safety of our pa­trons be­ing para­mount, in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures will be in place. There will be more ex­ten­sive bag and phys­i­cal search pro­ce­dures for 150,000 set to at­tend Course at Ballybrit all pa­trons and staff at all race­course en­trances and you will no­tice a stronger Garda pres­ence.

“It is in­evitable ac­cess to the race­course this year will take longer than nor­mal and we would ask pa­trons for your un­der­stand­ing, pa­tience and co-op­er­a­tion with our se­cu­rity per­son­nel and that you al­low suf­fi­cient time for en­try to the race­course. “We also ask for your vig­i­lance in re­la­tion to se­cu­rity. If you see or hear any­thing sus­pi­cious please re­port it to one of our stew­ards or a mem­ber of An Garda Siochana on site.”

Ten new armed Garda sup­port units are be­ing es­tab­lished in towns and cities out­side Dublin – in­clud­ing one in Gal­way – to deal with the threat from ter­ror­ism.

Mean­while, it’s es­ti­mated €15mil­lion will be placed in bets on 52 races over seven days at the track.

New fea­tures in­clude a pop-up re­tail vil­lage and Danc­ing With The Stars fi­nal­ist Aoib­hin Gar­rihy and TV pre­sen­ter Baz Ash­mawy are among the judges for Best Dressed Lady.

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