19 people arrested as Gardaí disperse crowds in Dublin City Centre 3 months ago

19 people arrested as Gardaí disperse crowds in Dublin City Centre

Gardaí said that they "came under attack from glass bottles" at various City Centre locations on Saturday evening.

On Saturday, 5 June, 19 people were arrested for public order offences as Gardaí dispersed crowds in Dublin City Centre.

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Between approximately 7pm and 9pm Gardaí dispersed crowds from Stephen’s Green, Temple Bar and South William Street.

In total, 19 people were arrested for public order offences in Dublin City Centre, including two juveniles who were released and referred for Juvenile Diversion Programme.

Six persons received the Adult Caution, one person was released pending a summons for public order offences, while 10 people were charged with public order offences and will appear in court at a later date.

Gardaí said in a statement to JOE: "Large crowds of people gathered throughout Dublin City Centre with the vast majority of persons socialising responsibly and enjoying outdoor activity."

"However, An Garda Síochána encountered and engaged with a smaller group which was persistently involved in antisocial behaviour and public disorder."

A Gardaí spokesperson added that members of An Garda Síochána "came under attack from glass bottles at various locations" throughout the evening.

A number of criminal damage incidents also occurred including a bin being set on fire on South William Street.

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One person, who was not a member of a group partaking in any public disorder incidents, was assaulted and taken to hospital.

Two members of An Garda Síochána were injured and received treatment while one Garda Patrol Vehicle was damaged.

"In support of Government announcements on reopening the economy and society with a specific continuing emphasis on outdoor activity An Garda Síochána will continue to patrol and manage crowds on public streets and spaces," the statement added.

"While extra facilities are being provided by Local authorities An Garda Síochána appeals for consideration for other persons using the spaces, local residents and businesses.

"Where crowds gather An Garda Síochána's responsibility is preserving public order and preventing and investigating any criminal offence, which may occur.

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"An Garda Síochána has been consistent from the start in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, based on our tradition of policing by consent, An Garda Síochána will continue to focus on the approach engage, explain, encourage the public with enforcement only as a last resort."

Gardaí said that they are continuing "to appeal to the public to support and comply with public health guidelines", encouraging people to "avoid crowded areas and large gatherings; take personal responsibility to protect yourself and others, wear face coverings in open spaces, and maintain social distancing."

"The wearing of face masks outdoors and social distancing are public health guidelines and are not penal regulations," the statement continued.

"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."

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