Teenager arrested after three UK tourists assaulted in Temple Bar
Three men were taken to hospital following the attack.
A teenager has been arrested following a serious assault in the Temple Bar area of Dublin on Friday night.
Three men, who were visiting from the UK, were attacked while walking through the popular tourist spot at around 10pm, on a street behind the former Central Bank building.
All three men were sent to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and have all since been released, gardaí have confirmed.
In a statement, a Garda spokesperson said:
"Gardaí in Pearse Street have arrested a male in relation to the investigation of a serious assault and robbery from the person that occurred on Fownes Street Upper, Dublin 2 on the night of Friday 11th August, 2023 at approximately 10p.m.
A male teenage juvenile has been arrested and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at a Garda station in Dublin city centre."
The investigation is still ongoing, according to Gardaí.
The three injured men are believed to be members of amateur soccer club St John's Sports from Aylesbury in England. They had travelled to Dublin to play a pre-season friendly against a team from St Kevin's FC in Whitehall.
However, in the wake of the assault, the match was called off.
The attack follows a spate of similar high-profile assaults throughout the capital, which has shone a spotlight onto the safety of Dublin City.
In light of the situation, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced a new funding package of up to €10 million to provide for extra garda visibilty on the streets. The package will go towards extra garda hours and shifts until the end of the year.
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