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Donegal nightclub concerns to be raised after Cookstown tragedy

Issue to be raised at council meeting with gardaí

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Donegal nightclub  concerns to be raised after Cookstown tragedy

The issue of safety at venues and nightclubs in Donegal is to be discussed by gardaí and county councillors following the tragic death of three County Tyrone teenagers at a teenage disco on St Patrick’s Day.
The chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, is to raise the issues after hearing the concerns of parents calling for action to be taken to ensure such a tragedy is not repeated here.
Students Lauren Bullock, 17, Connor Currie, 16, and Morgan Barnard, 17, all from the Dungannon area, died from injuries received in the queue for the event at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Cllr McMonagle said he has been contacted by parents who want action taken to ensure all is being done to prevent such an incident in the county.
One parent told him he had waited 40 minutes for his daughter to queue to enter a teenage disco nightclub in the county.
The Letterkenny councillor said he is seeking assurances from authorities about how event licenses are policed after they are granted.
He wants the issue discussed at the next meeting of the JPC on April 1.
“We have a steering committee meeting soon and I will bring it up there and get  it on the agenda,” he said. “Hopefully, we will get someone from the emergency services to the JPC to give an explanation of how these regulations are policed.
“After the licenses are granted, do the authorities do follow up checks or are they self-policed?
“This is an issue all over the county - not any one particular place.
“We never seem to learn from these tragedies be it in football grounds or dance halls.
“We are still cramming people into venues for entertainment purposes and unfortunately, that has come to bear in Cookstown the other night.”