The President of the Garda Representative Association has said the majority of people around Dublin City in recent days complied with Covid-19 restrictions.
However, the President went on to claim there is a minority grouping that seemed hell bent on creating havoc.
Frank Thornton said there were few occasions when gardaí were met with hostility.
Thornton went on to say members of the force acted professionally and showed great restraint, and only used force as an absolute last resort.
He went on to criticise Minister Eamon Ryan for his comments about not wanting baton charges on the street, labeling the comments “naive”.
Fourteen people were arrested in Dublin City yesterday for public order offences. No gardaí were injured.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said what occurred at the weekend in Dublin happened due to a spontaneous group of people getting together.
He went on to defend Garda members on their approach to the difficult situation.
Seven people were charged with public order offences yesterday in the capital, with court proceedings to follow.