US Embassy issues security alert about "potential for violence" at Longitude 1 month ago

US Embassy issues security alert about "potential for violence" at Longitude

An Garda Síochána has issued a response.

The US Embassy in Ireland has issued a security alert for Longitude Festival, which is taking place in Marlay Park this weekend, despite the fact that "no incidents have been reported to date" to the Gardaí.

The Embassy issued an alert which states: "Reports indicate a potential for violence at the Longitude Festival taking place from July 5-7, 2019, in Marlay Park, Dublin. Local police are aware of the threat and will conduct comprehensive bag and person searches. The police have increased event security and are monitoring the situation."

The US Embassy provided a list of the following actions to take:

  • Avoid Marlay Park and the areas surrounding the park
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile
  • Notify friends and family of your safety

The official Twitter account for the US Travel and State Department also shared a similar message which said: "Reports indicate a potential for violence at the Longitude Festival taking place from July 5-7 in Marlay Park. Police have increased event security and are monitoring the situation. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution if in the area."

In response to these statements, An Garda Síochána issued the following statement to JOE: "An Garda Síochána does not comment on statements made by third parties. Longitude Festival 2019 is taking place this weekend at Marlay Park in Dublin. The festival is being policed appropriately following normal security risk assessment.

"A full and comprehensive policing plan is available on the Garda website www.garda.ie and on all Garda Social Media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. No incidents have been reported to date."