Gardaí release statement on “serious public disorder” in Dublin City

An Garda Síochána have released information on destruction caused around Dublin City Centre as rioters burnt out cars, buses, a luas tram, and attacked Gardaí.

Information has been released around the distruction caused in Dublin City Centre last night, November 23, as rioters took over the city.

In an alleged response to stabbings which took place in Parnell Square earlier in the day yesterday, a presumed mob of far right wing protestors took to Dublin’s streets, burning out garda cars, Dublin buses, and a luas tram, plus looting and fighting gardaí on the streets.

34 people have since been arrested with 32 people to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice.

A statement released by An Garda Síochána reads: “Over 400 members of An Garda Síochána, were deployed on patrol in Dublin City Centre, including frontline uniformed Gardaí, supported by over 250 Public Order Gardaí.”

As a result of this serious public disorder, An Garda Síochána have confirmed the following:

  • Seven vehicles were damaged by fire including three buses, three Garda patrol cars and one Luas tram.
  • Eight other Garda vehicles were extensively damaged.
  • Thirteen properties were attacked and substantially damaged.
  • A number of members of An Garda Síochána were injured; one seriously injured member, who is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

34 people have been arrested, primarily for Public Order and Theft offences, with 32 people charged and set to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning, Friday, November 24, at 10.30am.

A formal investigation into all of the circumstances of the Violent Disorder and Public Order events that occurred last night has been commenced, and an incident room has been established at Store Street Garda Station – with a Senior Investigating Officer appointed.

An Garda Síochána are in the process of collating and harvesting CCTV and social media images from the events yesterday.

The Gardaí are appealing to any person with any information on the events last night or who has any information on persons organising or involved in yesterday’s events to contact the Garda investigation team.

The Garda investigation team can be contacted at Store Street Garda Station at 01 666 8000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

More information to come as the story unfolds.

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