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Image caption Irish police officers posed for photos with festival-goers on Friday. There are questions over why the US embassy in the Republic of Ireland told American citizens to avoid a music festival due to a risk of "violence". The Longitude festival is taking place over three days this weekend at Marlay Park in south Dublin. Gardaí (Irish police) said there was a "great atmosphere" at the event on Friday and "no incidents of note". The festival promoter said the warning by the US embassy was "beyond ridiculous", reports the Irish Times. "There are more questions than answers, to quote that old blues song," said Denis Desmond of MCD Productions. 'PARTY HAS STARTED'. The US embassy in Dublin issued the warning on its website on Friday. Full story

6 July