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26th Nov 2023

Gardaí investigating after another Dublin Bus set on fire in wake of riots

Simon Kelly

Dublin Bus fire

Enquiries are ongoing.

Another Dublin Bus was set on fire on the evening of Saturday, November 25, in the wake of the extraordinary scenes on Dublin streets last week.

The incident occurred in Parnell Square, close to where the horrific knife attack on multiple people outside Gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire.

A video circulating on social media showed an empty bus parked at Parnell Square, with fire visible on the top deck.

The alarm was raised by a passing Garda patrol when they spotted that the seat of a Dublin Bus had been set on fire.

It was quickly extinguished and there were nobody on board the bus at the time of the incident. Garda say that enquiries are ongoing.

Dublin Bus set on fire following riots last week

The incident involving Dublin Bus last night was the fourth of their vehicles damaged since the riots on Thursday, November 23.

A Dublin Bus spokesman said: “Dublin Bus can confirm this incident took place yesterday evening. No customers were onboard and the fire was quickly extinguished.”

Meanwhile, a Garda spokesman told JOE: “Gardai at Mountjoy are investigating an incident of fire damage to a seat on bus that was parked on Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 on Saturday evening, November 25. The alarm was raised by a passing Garda patrol and fire quickly extinguished.

“Enquires are ongoing.”

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris confirmed to the media over the weekend that 13 shops had been “significantly damaged or have been subject to looting”, as well as 11 Garda vehicles either destroyed or damaged, three busses destroyed and one Luas tram destroyed.

The capital city is still reeling from the events last week, with many business in the city centre still operating on reduced hours for the safety of their staff.

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