Dublin Riots: 34 people arrested, several Gardaí injured

Dublin Riots: 34 people arrested, several Gardaí injured

In relation to the violent scenes that occurred in Dublin's city centre overnight, 34 people have been taken into custody.

Following a knife attack at Parnell Square that injured five people—three of them small children—rioting broke out.

One Garda was gravely hurt during Thursday night's fighting, and "many other members injured" were also hurt.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris gave a status report on the number of reported injuries and arrests to the media on Friday morning.

Additionally, he verified that the woman hurt was a teacher and that the children hurt in the knife assault on Thursday afternoon were students from a local school.

Garda Commissioner Harris stated, "These (riots) are scenes that we have not seen in decades, but it is evident that people have been radicalized through social media and the internet."

A thorough inquiry is still underway.

The arrests were made mostly for theft and public order offenses, according to the Gardaí, who also stated that 32 persons were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Gardaí confirmed 13 properties in the vicinity were "substantially damaged" in an update on the damages inflicted."

The force further stated that eight other Garda vehicles were "extensively damaged" and that seven vehicles—three buses, three Garda patrol cars, and one Luas tram—were destroyed by fire.

On Thursday, more than 400 Garda members—more than 250 of whom were part of the Garda Public Order Unit—were stationed around Dublin City. These included uniformed gardaí and an officer from the Mounted Unit.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee stated in a separate statement that she anticipates numerous more arrests in the upcoming days.