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Law and disorder Gardaí arrest 19 after glass bottles thrown during night of chaos in Dublin city centre

There was one person hospitalised after an assault, while two gardaí were also injured and required treatment.

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The scene of an arrest at the corner of Dublin’s South Anne Street and Grafton Street on Saturday evening. (PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin)

The scene of an arrest at the corner of Dublin’s South Anne Street and Grafton Street on Saturday evening. (PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin)

The scene of an arrest at the corner of Dublin’s South Anne Street and Grafton Street on Saturday evening. (PIC: Conor Ó Mearáin)

Gardaí arrested 19 people, including two juveniles, last night in Dublin for public order offences, as they closed off many streets to large crowds.

One person was hospitalised after an assault, while two gardaí were also injured and required treatment.

Gardaí said the victim of the assault was not partaking in any public order incidents.

Of the 19 arrested, two juveniles were released and referred for Juvenile Diversion Programme, six persons received the Adult Caution, one person was released pending a summons for public order offences, while 10 people were charged with public order offences and will appear in court at a later date.

This brings to 33 the number of arrests for public order offences associated with crowds in the inner city since Friday evening.

A Garda spokesperson said gardaí came under attack from glass bottles at various locations, while a number of criminal damage incidents occurred including a bin being set on fire on South William Street.

Gardaí say they came "under fire from an assault of multiple glass bottles" from approximately 200 youths on South Anne Street at 9pm last night, before public order gardaí moved in and dispersed the crowds.

A garda patrol vehicle was also damaged during the public order offences.

“An Garda Síochána encountered and engaged with a smaller group which was persistently involved in antisocial behaviour and public disorder.

“Between approximately 7pm and 9pm Gardaí dispersed crowds from Stephen’s Green, Temple Bar and South William Street,” the spokesperson said.

Gardaí said the vast majority of people socialising did so responsibly.

An Garda Síochána said it will continue to patrol and manage crowds on public streets and spaces.

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“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.

“Where crowds gather An Garda Síochána's responsibility is preserving public order and preventing and investigating any criminal offence, which may occur.

“An Garda Síochána continues 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,” the spokesperson said.

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