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Gardaí defend policing of Dublin City Centre with use of riot-shields and crowd dispersing

Gardaí have defended their policing strategy in recent days as public order offences were committed and anti-social behaviour became apparent in the south of the city centre in recent days.

Last night, nineteen people were arrested and crowd dispersing techniques were used by Garda members.

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The public order offences began when crowds were dispersed across the south of the city centre between seven and nine o’clock last night.

Assistant Commissioner for Dublin, Anne-Marie Cagney, said the incidents were caused by a cohort of youths who wanted to cause trouble.

Cagney went on to say members of the police force took a defensive response to what was happening in the capital.

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One individual was assaulted and required hospital treatment.

Two Gardaí were injured throughout the night, and a patrol car was also damaged.

Gardaí said nineteen people were arrested, six adults received a caution, and one was released pending a summons for public order offences.

Ten others were charged with public order offences and are due to appear in court at a later date.

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