16 people have been arrested so far in Dublin anti-lockdown protests 3 months ago

16 people have been arrested so far in Dublin anti-lockdown protests

An Garda Síochána operations in Dublin continue at this time.

16 people associated with anti-lockdown protests in Dublin on St Patrick's Day have been arrested as of this afternoon.

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It comes as gardaí continue to advise people to stay home and avoid large gatherings and house parties.

Gardaí say they have observed "overwhelming compliance" by the public in support of the current Public Health Regulations and Guidelines, as a significant policing operation is in place right across the country.

In a statement, a garda spokesperson said: "A number of events organised on social media have transpired, but with limited numbers in attendance."

However, in cases of continued non-compliance with Public Health Regulations where people fail to comply with directions from An Garda Síochána, Gardaí have had to intervene on a number of occasions.

Up to 3pm on Wednesday, gardaí have arrested 13 men and three women in connection with anti-lockdown protests in the capital.

10 people have been charged and will appear before a sitting of Dublin District Court at 4.30pm at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

An Garda Síochána operations in Dublin continue at this time.

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Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security Anne Marie McMahon said: "This has not been a normal St Patrick's Day. I acknowledge the huge level of compliance and social responsibility demonstrated today.

"I appeal to the public to continue this effort into this evening, please do not engage in house gatherings or parties or congregate in public spaces and amenities."