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In Dub-ble More arrests possible as gardaí study CCTV of Dublin unrest

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 The scene of an arrest at the corner of Dublin’s South Anne Street and Grafton Street yesterday evening (SAT). Saturday 5/6/21. PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin

The scene of an arrest at the corner of Dublin’s South Anne Street and Grafton Street yesterday evening (SAT). Saturday 5/6/21. PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin

The scene of an arrest at the corner of Dublin’s South Anne Street and Grafton Street yesterday evening (SAT). Saturday 5/6/21. PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin

Gardai are studying CCTV footage of public disorder and anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre last night and have said further arrests are possible after two gardaí and an innocent bystander were injured.

Nineteen people were arrested, including two juveniles, in a second night of trouble in the city.

While gardai say the vast majority of the public were socialising responsibly and enjoying outdoor activity, a small cohort persistently involved in public disorder had to be dealt with.

Trouble flared on South William Street, South Anne Street and in Temple Bar. Gardaí came under attack from glass bottles at various locations, a number of criminal damage incidents occurred including a bin being set on fire on South William Street.

One person, who was not a member of a group partaking in any public disorder incidents, was assaulted and taken to hospital.

Two gardaí were injured and received treatment, while one Garda Patrol Vehicle was damaged.

Speaking today at Garda HQ on Harcourt Terrace, Anne Marie Cagney, assistant commissioner for the Dublin region, said the behaviour by a trouble-making cohort of individuals was “unacceptable”, and “will not be tolerated”.

The assistant commissioner said the groups involved in public disorder are not coordinated in pre-planning their gathering for the purpose of causing trouble via social media, but are “like-minded young individuals, predominantly male, who are coming into the city and causing trouble”.

“We will not accept that type of behaviour. It is not fair on the good citizens of Dublin,” she added, saying the garda response last night was a defensive response to protect gardaí.

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Gardaí on South Anne Street on Saturday evening.

Gardaí on South Anne Street on Saturday evening.

Gardaí on South Anne Street on Saturday evening.

“We’ve had three members of An Garda Síochána injured over this weekend and I will not tolerate that. My job as assistant commissioner is to provide safety for our members as well as the community,” assistant commissioner Cagney stressed.

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There had been some criticism that people picnicking in parks and not causing trouble had been dispersed by gardaí yesterday. Assistant commissioner Cagney said gardaí work in partnership with parks superintendents in terms of public amenities and risk-assess with them. “When we feel it’s necessary to close (amenities) we do so,” she said.

“Temporary closure of some streets is necessary as part of our policing response. We are supporting our communities in enjoying this outdoor summer. It is really important that people get that opportunity to really enjoy the wonderful amenities of Dublin.”

“The sale of alcohol is a challenge but we have a very robust policing plan in place,” she added.

A garda statement said in total, 19 people were arrested for public order offences in Dublin city last night, including two juveniles who were released and referred for Juvenile Diversion Programme.

Six people received the adult caution, one person was released pending a summons for public order offences, while ten people were charged with public order offences and will appear in court at a later date.

“In support of Government announcements on reopening the economy and society with a specific continuing emphasis on outdoor activity An Garda Síochána will continue to patrol and manage crowds on public streets and spaces,” it said.

“Where crowds gather An Garda Síochána's responsibility is preserving public order and preventing and investigating any criminal offence, which may occur. We continue to appeal to the public to support and comply with public health guidelines to avoid crowded areas and large gatherings; take personal responsibility to protect yourself and others, wear face coverings in open spaces, and maintain social distancing,” it added.

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