Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, who sits on Belfast City Council’s Licensing Committee, has welcomed the publication of findings of a review carried out into recent events at the “I am Hardwell” concert held in the Odyssey Arena.
Commenting following its publication today Cllr Ó Donnghaile said;
“I welcome the fact that this review has taken place and believe firmly that there are always lessons to be learned from situations such as the one we witnessed at the Odyssey a number of weeks ago. Fostering a safe and inviting atmosphere at the Odyssey is key to its progression.
There is no doubt that on the night things could have been communicated better and I appreciate it was difficult, as someone who tried to do so on the night in question, to counter rumours that may have been circulating via social media outlets.
Thankfully no one was seriously hurt but that did not diminish the anxiety caused or the potential for further serious incidents.
It is a positive that key stakeholders have come together to review and more importantly plan ahead. This review clearly outlines a number of actions that must be progressed in the time ahead if we are to avoid such negative situations and associated publicity happening.
There is no doubt that Belfast is increasingly becoming an events city – we are proud and more than capable of hosting global events and doing so well. Places like the Odyssey are central to building the new Belfast. We must all continue to work to ensure that patrons have a positive, safe and enjoyable time.”