Gardaí have arrested a further 19 people for public order offences following a second night of disorder in Dublin city centre. The disorder broke out last night in the city centre where glass bottles were pelted at garda officers who were tending to a large group of people that gathered in the streets.
A large group of approximately 200 people gathered on South Anne Street at around 9pm. Gardaí stated that they came under fire from an assault of glass bottles that were thrown at them by the group, which led to the deployment of public order units who were armed with shields to disperse the crowds that were along South Anne Street and Dawson Street.
According to gardaí, a total of 19 people, which included two juveniles, were arrested for public order offences. Six of them received an adult caution, one person was released pending a summons for public order offences while ten were charged with public order offences and are to appear in court at a later date. The two juveniles were released and referred to the Juvenile Diversion Programme.
Gardaí stated that one person, who was not a member of the group or partaking in public order offences, was assaulted and subsequently taken to hospital. Two garda officers were also injured following the incident and received treatment while a patrol car sustained damage.
On Saturday, there was a total of 14 people arrested, five of which were juveniles, for similar public order offences after bottles were thrown at garda officers on South William Street. One garda officer received treatment for leg injuries that they sustained following the incident.
The Public Order Unit remained patrolling the city centre until 3am following Saturday’s disorder.
Another gathering had taken place on the steps of Powerscourt Townhouse Centre which was also dispersed by members of the Public Order Unit. Gardaí stated that the majority of the people had socialised in a positive way with a good atmosphere.