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MCD to be probed over gig stabbings

Concert promoters MCD will be quizzed by the Garda Commissioner over the Phoenix Park gig which was marred by violence and tragedy.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said lessons must be learned from Saturday's concert where nine people were stabbed and 30 arrests made.

Tragedy struck when three people died of suspected drug overdoses at a day-long show headlined by electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia.

Mr Shatter intervened as gardai intensified a search for 19-year-old Aoife Finan, from Cork, missing since she separated from friends at the event.

He said the garda were working with MCD to review the concert.

"It is important that all the circumstances of what happened on Saturday night are examined to see what lessons can be learned," the minister said.

MCD Productions has said it took every possible precaution to ensure the safety and security of the crowd, with security and garda personnel levels well in excess of the required numbers for a licensed event.

Earlier, a 22-year-old man was brought before Dublin District Court in connection with stabbings at the concert. Raymond Donnan from Greenfort Crescent in Clondalkin, Dublin, was refused bail after being charged with assault causing harm, possession of a knife, violent disorder and public order offences.

About 30 other people were also arrested and bailed after being charged with assault, drugs and public order offences.

Elsewhere, the distraught mother of the missing teenager appealed for the public's help in finding her daughter. Sinead O'Keeffe told RedFM in Cork that Aoife had lost her phone and bag at the venue and called friends that night from another phone to say she was lost.

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