Nineteen arrested in Dublin after police attacked with bottles for second night
Nineteen people have been arrested following a second night of disorder in Dublin city centre, which saw glass bottles thrown at police.
Following the disorder, officers have appealed to the public to comply with COVID-19 guidelines to avoid crowded areas and large gatherings.
Gardai were forced to disperse crowds from the popular Stephen’s Green, Temple Bar and South William Street area after an initially quiet afternoon and early evening.
At about 9pm, a larger group of around 200 gathered in South Anne Street, where police said they “came under fire from an assault of multiple glass bottles”.
Two gardai were injured and a patrol vehicle was damaged. A passer-by was also assaulted and taken to hospital.
In total, 19 people were arrested for public order offences, including two juveniles. Ten were charged with public order offences and will appear in court at a later date.
A police statement said: “Throughout the course of the evening, members of An Garda Síochána 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.”
Saturday’s disorder followed similar scenes on Friday evening, when one garda was injured and 14 people were arrested after bottles were thrown at gardai in South William Street. Police were also called to disperse crowds last weekend.
On Saturday, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald spoke to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to raise her “deep alarm at scenes” in Dublin on Friday.
“An outdoor summer cannot mean baton charges on our streets,” she said. “We need proper joined-up planning to facilitate safe social enjoyment and safety for gardai. All agencies must engage now.”
Police said the vast majority of people on Saturday had socialised responsibly. “However, An Garda Síochána has encountered and engaged with a smaller group which has been persistently involved in antisocial behaviour and public disorder.”
Officers added: “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.”