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Two young men were arrested by gardaí for apparent public order offences at the corner of Grafton Street and South Anne Street.

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Gardaí on South Anne Street

Gardaí on South Anne Street

Gardaí on patrol on Dublin’s South William Street. Photo: Conor Ó Mearáin

Gardaí on patrol on Dublin’s South William Street. Photo: Conor Ó Mearáin

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Gardaí on South Anne Street

Public order units were drafted in for a second night in a row and two men were arrested as gardaí clashed with large crowds congregating in Dublin.

Many of the streets in Dublin city centre were restricted to the public from about 8.30pm on Saturday night, with gardaí ordering groups of people drinking outdoors to go home.

The Public Order Unit closed off Dawson Street, Grafton Street and Temple Bar before 9pm, moving groups of people out of the city centre.

Two young men were arrested by gardaí for apparent public order offences at the corner of Grafton Street and South Anne Street.

South William Street once again saw scenes of anti-social behaviour. Some drinkers threw bottles at gardaí as they moved to disperse the crowds.

On South Anne Street, gardaí came under fire from glass bottles and other missiles from an “organised group” of approximately 200 youths.

"Soft cap” public order units with shields dispersed crowds around Dawson Street and South Anne Street.

Meanwhile, on the steps of Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, some teens were dancing atop of wheelie bins and with ghettoblasters.

A small fire was also set in one of the recycling bins.

Gardaí have been out in their droves tonight in the city centre to try and stop a repeat of the antisocial scenes on Friday, which saw 14 arrests.

Temple Bar Square was a busy area tonight with hundreds of young people drinking on the streets. Some bottles were hurled at garda vehicles on their arrival to disperse the crowds.

Many officers were also stationed at the entrances to St Stephen’s Green, stopping access to people carrying alcohol.

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The majority of people out tonight were well-behaved, with one a minor element causing disturbances, gardaí say.

The city centre was much quieter compared to Friday night, with more gardaí patrolling and officers acting swiftly to clear group of people and close off streets to encourage revellers home.

The night before, fourteen people, including five juveniles, were arrested for public order offences in the south city centre, amid large gatherings in the area.

One garda was injured and a patrol car was damaged as glass bottles and other missiles were thrown at officers.

Stephen Donnelly said what happened in the South William Street area on Friday “was nothing short of a disgrace”.

“Nobody has the right to attack our garda, absolutely nobody… it in no way represents our country,” he said.

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