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Protests on St. Patrick’s Day did not succeed as gardai made extensive preparations to counter violence

DUBLIN: Protests planned by anti-lockdown protestors in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day were unsuccessful as the Gardaí had made all sorts of preparations to deal strongly in the event of violence.

Protest events took place at O’Connell Street in the city centre, Herbert Park in south Dublin and at the RTÉ campus in Donnybrook.

The Herbert Park event was the most attended. The park event was presented by the organisers as organisers as a ‘family and mental health day’. Gardai arrested people while trying to gather on O’Connell Street. A small group of protesters also gathered outside RTÉ in Donnybrook.

Gardai confirmed that 21 people, including 17 men and four women, had been arrested in connection with the anti-lockdown protest. Some 14 people appeared before a special sitting of Dublin District Court. Seven people were charged with offences and released on station bail.

More gardai have been deployed in the wake of last month’s protests in Dublin city center. Three gardaí were injured in a clash with protesters at the Grafton Street event.

The gardai had made extensive preparations yesterday in the wake of these atrocities. Several vehicles and horses were deployed at the scene, along with a strong Garda presence and a Garda helicopter overhead.

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