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category national | summit mobilisations | news report author Thursday April 29, 2004 14:05author by thestreetsarecomingalive Report this post to the editors

Points raised at a special meeting held in Store Street Garda Station through the Dublin City Centre Businessman’s Association

Mayday Security

The following are notes of points raised at a special meeting held in Store Street Garda Station through the Dublin City Centre Businessman’s Association on Friday 23rd April 2004, at which Assistant Commissioner, Inspector and Crime Prevention Officer gave their updated views of what is happening in relation to this weekend, and what could happen.


General

• London Mayday demonstration has been cancelled and people have been advised to travel to Dublin

• The Gardai believe the main focus is likely to be the Phoenix Park

• Part of Cloverhill Centre will be made available for any people who may need to be secured as a result of disturbances

• Two judges will be available all over the period to move things through the court system

• Two water cannons have been obtained

• The 1,000 member Public Order Unit is on stand by

• More Gardai will be on duty from 26th April

• All points of entry to the country are being checked more actively

• Ship Captains will be in regular contact with Gardai in the event of any suspicious passengers being noted

• The Gardai will be making considerable use of cameras, both on street and hand-held cameras


The following is the agenda for the weekend and the items marked with an asterix are those which the Gardai are not in discussions with the organisers of the event on and therefore do not have full information and these are the areas of concern for the Gardai.


Friday, 30th April 04

- Mass Cycle Demonstration from Garden of Remembrance 6pm – likely traffic disruption
- Fireworks display in Sandymount 10pm – expecting approximately 40,000 people


Saturday, 1st May 04


- Conference in Dublin Centre and roads in the area will be closed to traffic and pedestrians
- European Fair at Merrion Square – expecting 15,000 people commencing 12 noon
- *No Borders demonstration in Wood Quay between 10 – 12 – mainly street theatre
- Protest Demonstration, Dame Street – expecting 5-6 people, 12 noon
- *Reclaim the City, 2pm Grafton Street
- EU Accession Ceremony, Farmleigh 5pm
- *Bring the Noise Demonstration, Parkgate Street, 6pm


Sunday, 2nd May 04

- *No Borders Demonstration, Custom House Quay
- Street Carnival, Mountjoy Square, 11am – 11pm



Monday, 3rd May 04

- *Reclaim the Streets, commencing at the Ambassador Cinema


The following is advice received in relation to the crime prevention aspects:

• Appoint a security co-ordinator for each premises
• Have evacuation plan
• Review security drill
• Have marshalls appointed for searching each area


Retail

• Monitor all entrances and exit points
• Use CCTV cameras as far as possible
• Close doors in the event of a disturbance
• Ask patrons to remain in the store in the event of a disturbance
• Remove waste bins which could possibly be used as missiles
• Check toilet areas regularly


The following were areas of particular concern and should be noted:

• The Gardai believe and are concerned that the Wombles will attend this demonstration who have caused serious disruption before. They generally wear white overalls.
• Gardai suggest that security should be left in premises at night time, particularly retail in the event of an incendiary device
• Everybody should review their bomb threat procedures for telephone calls to ensure that as much information as possible is obtained
• The Gardai said that the IFSC requires special supervision and in this regard they have met the tenants in the IFSC

author by Honkpublication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 13:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Gardai in the city have been the employing well known Gestapo tactic of list making. They've been running around the city these last few days collecting the names of all the people staying in private accomodation.

author by Tescopublication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 14:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tesco.ie May Bank Holiday Delivery Restrictions
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Due to traffic restrictions and road closures set by Dublin City Council over the May Bank holiday weekend, we will not be able to deliver to the following areas at the times outlined.

17.00hrs on Friday 30th April 2004 to 18.00hrs on Sunday 2nd May 2004.
All areas inside the North Circular Road up to the quays including; Aughrim St.,Manor St., Stoneybatter, Prussia St., Wolfe Tone Quay, Ellis Quay, Arran Quay, Ormond Quay, Batchelors Walk, Eden Quay, Gardnier St., Talbot St., Marlborough St., Parnell St., Summerhill, O Connell St., Parnell Square, Dorset St., Capel St., Phibsborough Road, Mountjoy Square.

author by Davidpublication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 15:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"- Protest Demonstration, Dame Street – expecting 5-6 people, 12 noon"

maybe the cops aren't as clueless after all

author by Edpublication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 15:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think you'll find the Dublin City Centre 'Businessman's' Association (which businessman did you mean anyway?) is actually called the Dublin City Business Association. It has men (not just one man) and women as members. Women in business! Who'd have thought it?

author by fat people are hard to kidnappublication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 17:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

E Mail circulated in a Dublin office today ....

save the cars !!
I wonder do they regard employee's bikes as legitimate tragets?



>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.
> Colleagues,
>
> As you are aware, May day Anti-Globalisation protests and other actions are
> planned for all three days of the coming holiday week-end.
>
> Whilst we are not aware of any direct threat to the building, security will
> be increased by closing access to the rear car park and restricting access
> to the building itself.
>
> There is 24 hour security presence in the building, however we would ask
> you to consider if your presence in the building over the weekend is
> absolutely essential or that you may leave your car at home, rather than
> risk its damage, however remote the possibility.

author by Harry Potter - Hogworts, a proud associate of the Tuatha De Danaan and Q.publication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 18:31author address a good bookseller near you.author phone Report this post to the editors

Don't you read the night-time stories?

Now you seem to want soldiers on the street,

¿why don't you send your little soldiers to Iraq Bertie?

¿Can you assure the voters that Dr. O' as if ain't going to fry your balls?

¿Or do you think Cooper Flynne is like a needle in the eye enough?

¿Who deals with your hygeinic waste?

¿How much were you going to abuse our Constitution?

author by exposing traitors.publication date Thu Apr 29, 2004 18:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

as they say.

author by M O Murchupublication date Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Given the certain rogue element that is coming to Dublin this weekend, who's only goal is to cause chaos and devalue the rights of protestors, best to wait for a better opportunity.

The word on the street is there may be a major counter protest.

Living in Dublin and given the general atmosphere with MayDay activists blasting out their message all week on the street and generally being a nuisance with the litter of the leaflets and the noise pollution of their megaphones, anyone who is going to Dublin for any other reason apart from a protest should not come. Be safe, stay away.

author by Gaz - libertarianpublication date Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

all together now

Whose streets?
Our streets!

author by hog-worts - -a leath pingin caitearpublication date Tue May 04, 2004 23:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

you are completely assured that the other forthcoming show sites and route were watchfully gaurded. Or have you not read many shakespeare history plays?

author by Omigodpublication date Wed May 05, 2004 11:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"The word on the street is there may be a major counter protest. "

Is this similar to the major counter protests that were held agains the bin tax protests? I suppose you are organising the Bush counter protests as well.
You must be in FG or the PD's.
Move along now, your time in Irish politics will soon to come to an end.

author by Catpublication date Wed May 05, 2004 11:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The counter-protest to the 'I won't pay for my waste to be collected' protest, got a crowd broadly similar in size to the crowds protesting at the paying for their waste to be collected.

i.e. About a dozen.

author by truthpublication date Wed May 05, 2004 12:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

So now in the rewriting of history by the young turks of the right, it was a dozen people who brought the refuse collection to a standstill for two days throughout Dublin?

For the record at the bin tax counter protest there was about three outside the Gresham, while people were being turned away inside.

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