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Cops under attack 14 people arrested and one garda hospitalised after public order offences in Dublin city centre


South William Street in Dublin, Friday June 4 2021 Photo: Gerry Mooney.

South William Street in Dublin, Friday June 4 2021 Photo: Gerry Mooney.

South William Street in Dublin, Friday June 4 2021 Photo: Gerry Mooney.

Gardaí arrested 14 people and an officer was hospitalised for treatment on a leg injury during a public order incident in south Dublin City last night.

Gardaí said a number of public order incidents occurred at various locations in the south city centre, primarily involving large ‘organised groups’ congregating at a number of locations including South William Street, Saint Stephen’s Green Park and Temple Bar Square.

While interacting with one group on South William Street, gardaí say they came under attack from “glass bottles and other missiles”.

“Having attempted to engage with these persons, with no positive response, uniform gardaí, supported by public order gardaí then dispersed this particular group from South William Street,” a Garda spokesperson said.

One garda sustained a leg injury and received hospital treatment, while a garda patrol vehicle was damaged.

In total, 14 people - nine adults and five juveniles - were arrested for public order offences and detained at Pearse Street and Kevin Street Garda Stations.

Six were charged with public order offences and released, two people received an adult caution while one was released pending a summons for public order offences.

The five juveniles were released and referred for JLOs.

Gardaí said “the vast majority” of people were “socialising responsibly and enjoying outdoor activity”.

“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.

“While extra facilities are being provided by local authorities, An Garda Síochána appeals for consideration for other persons using the spaces, local residents and businesses.

“The Covid-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate personal and social responsibility to comply with public health guidelines and regulations, in order to continue to save lives,” the spokesperson said.

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