Gardai had ‘concerns’ over formal party

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Inishowen’s Garda Superintendent has said the cancellation of the Crana College after-formal party on Friday night took place amid “legislative and health and safety concerns.”

Superintendent Eugene McGovern said he became aware of the party when these concerns were brought to his attention.

The Devlin family's shed, set up for the after-party.

The Devlin family's shed, set up for the after-party.

He said: “I became aware that significant shortfalls in relation to health and safety and legislative matters had been identified and it would have been remiss of me not to bring that to the attention of the organisers.”

He added that when Gardai became aware of the event, they contacted the organisers and outlined the “consequences to the individual of continuing with the event and their responsibilities.” The event, which was to be held at ‘The Maras’ in Burnfoot was later cancelled. Superintendent McGovern said Gardai did receive a number of phonecalls of complaint after the event in relation to the cancellation. He added Gardai did not undertake the measures to “disrupt anyone’s debs night.” Fire authorities were also notified of the event, but Superintendent McGovern confirmed this was not by Gardai.