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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Irish Day went ‘smoothly’
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Christina Daly/Herald
City officials described the 23rd annual Irish Day as a more controlled event than in past years.

Five revelers were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, according to Sgt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Police Department, while two others were charged with a “lewd act.” One man was charged with felony assault and endangering the welfare of a minor after he allegedly punched a 14-year-old boy. Others were arrested for open warrants and code violations, Cregeen said.

“We issued appearance tickets for quality-of-life violations as well, everything from drinking in public to public urination,” he added.

Schnirman said that many bars began emptying out around 11 p.m., and that the event went smoothly. “By 11:30 p.m., the lines were … longer at the cab stands for people waiting to go home,” he said. “The takeaway is that it was more family-friendly, and talking to residents throughout the rest of the weekend, the consensus was that it was the most coordinated Irish Day in recent years.”

Tangney said that ending the parade and closing bars earlier resulted in fewer emergency calls. “It was tremendously effective,” he said. “Because we had such aggressive enforcement, nothing got out of hand. We had a group of officers patrolling for house parties, making sure that nothing was spilling out onto the street and that no one had open containers.”

Some residents lauded the Police Department for its enforcement, but said that this year’s changes did not fully address the issues they have raised in the past. “On one hand, the stepped-up police enforcement that the West End has enjoyed all summer was fully evident throughout the day,” said resident Mary Ellen Pollina. “The Sanitation Department did an extraordinary job of cleaning up. But the changes in parade timing and earlier bar closing were significant largely because it was the first time that the city has attempted to address the residents’ quality-of-life concerns. So while it was a great first step, it falls short of a solution.”

“The Police Department will be conducting a full after-action review,” Tangney said, “and we’ve started some discussions with the AOH about what to do better next year.”

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