Chief Supt warns of ‘riot’ danger of seizing drink on streets

Garda Chief Superintendent, Tom Curley, predicts a riot if Galway Gardaí confiscate alcohol from students in the city late at night.

Chief Supt Curley said confiscating drink from thousands of students would “cause a riot” on the city’s streets.

He said there was no ‘quick fix’ but young people needed to be educated that it was against the law to drink alcohol in public places.

“There could be 2,500 or 3,000 students hell-bent on drinking on the streets. There might be ten Gardaí on the streets . . . they can’t take drink off 2,000 people . . . it would cause a riot,” he said.

Chief Supt Curley said his people do a ‘pretty good job’ of policing the city at night, given the volumes of people who socialise in the city, and the constraints on Garda resources.

“There is a statistic that you could have 20,000 or 25,000 people from bars, and late bars and nightclubs all coming out onto the streets at the same time. I think we’re doing a fairly good job,” he said.

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