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Riot squad intervene after fireworks thrown at gardai during 1916 monument unveiling

Crime DeskBy Martin Grant
Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the Remembrance Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery
Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the Remembrance Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery

Gardai arrested a teenager after a clash between officers and protesters disturbed the unveiling of a 1916 monument at Glasnevin Cemetery.

There was a strong garda presence at the unveiling of a Remembrance Wall for all those who died in the Rising 100 years ago.

The necrology wall lists the names of 485 people who died in the Rising - including 262 civilians, 107 British soldiers, 58 rebels and 13 policemen.

A small group of people opposed to the monument - because it includes the names of English soldiers - rallied outside the cemetery holding republican flags.

Fireworks were also thrown at gardai, while individuals also attempted to burn the Union flag in a brief clash with authorities. However, because of the damp conditions the flag failed to light.

The garda riot squad appeared after the fireworks were thrown at uniformed gardai.

A garda spokesman confirmed to the Herald that a 15-year-old was arrested and later released. He will be dealt with under the juvenile justice system.

Local children from nearby schools unveiled the wall, while Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny laid a wreath during the event, which was part of the official State commemorations.

However, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, was absent from the ceremony due to a family emergency.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh, Dublin's first Sinn Fein mayor, was forced to pull out of the event on Friday.

Independent councillor Ruairi McGinley stood in for the mayor and said her absence was not down to any "political agenda".

Some of Ms Ni Dhalaigh's party colleagues have been critical of the Necrology Wall. TD Aengus O Snodaigh described it as "totally inappropriate".

Other notable figures at the ceremony included former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and John Bruton, RTE star Joe Duffy and Transport Minister Pascal Donohoe.