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Updated: 09.10

There are armed gardaí at Ireland's biggest music festival this weekend.

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois has increased security as tens of thousands of fans turn up for bands like Duran Duran, Interpol and London Grammar.

In a statement, An Garda Síochána say: "There is a comprehensive security and policing plan put in place at all festival events.

"When planning for events a number of factors are considered such as attendance figures, location, demographic of patrons, traffic management etc.

"However for operational reasons we cannot discuss details of the policing arrangements ahead of any event."

Gardaí say the threat level remains unchanged - and that an attack is "possible but not likely".

Newstalk will also be there, with events at the Newstalk Lounge across the weekend.

Gardaí are advising motorists to turn off sat-navs and follow sign posted routes from AA Roadwatch to avoid unnecessary delays.

Key junctions and points will also be manned by gardaí.

Privately operated car parking is being provided adjacent to the event on all approved routes.

Organisers say this parking is free to all ticket holders and no roadside parking will be allowed.

Inspector Eamonn Curley from Portlaoise garda station said: "Pack sensibly for the weekend, check the weather forecast before you leave.

"Be safe. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue.

"Leave high value goods at home and put car keys and important valuables in a safe, secure place."

According to Met Éireann, Friday will be a predominantly dry day with sunny spells.

Any isolated showers that do happen will be light and short.

There will be patches of early morning fog on Saturday, but otherwise dry with good sunshine and highs of 17 to 19°.

Sunday is predicted to be the warmest day, with humid conditions and temperatures reaching highs of 21° - but there will also be scattered outbreaks of rain.

Listen to Newstalk at 106-108FM, check out Newstalk.com and follow all the updates and live streaming from the Newstalk Lounge @NewstalkFM #NTEP2017


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