Gardaí say licensed premises in Dublin weren't forced to close on Sunday night
"At no stage [yesterday] evening have members of An Garda Síochána directed licensed premises to close”.
Gardaí have said that licensed premises in Dublin City Centre weren't forced to close on Sunday night, following reports that pubs serving takeaway pints had been asked to shut.
It comes as 14 people have been arrested as Gardaí dispersed crowds of youths "loitering" in Dublin City Centre on Sunday night.
On Sunday, 6 June, An Garda Síochána put in place an extensive high visibility policing operation by uniform Gardaí supported by Public Order Units.
“An Garda Síochána continues to engage with members of the public as well as local residents and businesses. At no stage this evening have members of An Garda Síochána directed licensed premises to close," Gardaí said in a statement.
Gardaí on occasions engaged with crowds in Stephen’s Green, Temple Bar and South William Street based on public safety concerns and sporadic public order incidents.
A Gardaí spokesperson said in a statement that they "encountered significant numbers of groups of youths (teenage and younger adults) who were loitering around the city centre, not involved in outdoor dining/socialising."
In total, 14 people were arrested for public order offences in Dublin City Centre, including three juveniles who were released and referred for Juvenile Diversion Programme.
Four persons received an Adult Caution, and seven people were charged with Court proceedings to follow. No injuries to Gardaí were reported.