detections cut by 52%

Gardai have reported a dramatic reduction in the number of drug detections at this year’s 11th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival - down by more than half on last year. 27 detections were made, compared to 57 at the festival last year, a reduction of 52.6% over the three day bank holiday festival.

Gardai have reported a dramatic reduction in the number of drug detections at this year’s 11th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival - down by more than half on last year. 27 detections were made, compared to 57 at the festival last year, a reduction of 52.6% over the three day bank holiday festival.

The news is tempered by the number of public order arrests increasing from 10 to fifteen. However, both gardai and festival organsiers are said to be pleased with the behaviour of the thousands of good natured revellers who descended upon the Erne Town. The vast majority of drug detections related to cannabis, although gardai acknowledged that some cocaine was also detected. Inspector Denis Joyce said: “This is a huge reduction in the number of drug detections and is very welcome. We thank those who came to town for their co-operation and to festival organisers for their efficiency and help. The stewards also played a very important role. The festival passed off extremely well and overall it was a quiet weekend from a policing viewpoint with no major incidents.”

There was just one drink driving arrest in the district between 1st-6th June.