Dublin riots: Further arrests in city centre on Friday night while McEntee comes under pressure - as it happened

Girl (5) injured in Thursday’s knife attack remains in critical condition; Minister for Justice says gardaí are trawling 6,000 hours of CCTV footage


Summary of Dublin Riots

  • Minister for Justice Helen McEntee says Gardaí are trawling 6,000 hours of CCTV footage and “further arrests are certain”.
  • Ms McEntee insists she will not resign after Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said she had no confidence in the Minister.
  • Gardaí maintained a strong presence in Dublin city centre on Friday night where it was tense but calm. There have been a small number of arrests.
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the cost of the riots in Dublin will run into the “tens of millions” and those involved in the violent disorder on Thursday evening will face the full force of the law.
  • He said the knife attack, in which four people were injured, and the subsequent rioting had brought “shame on Ireland”.
  • He also said new laws would be brought in to allow gardaí “make better use” of CCTV footage as evidence and that new hate crime legislation would be introduced.
  • Tánaiste Micheál Martin said the Dublin riots were organised and the Government would now order a review of intelligence gathering.
  • Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said the violence was foreseeable and she has called on Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to resign.
  • Several schools in Dublin’s north inner city closed at noon on advice from gardaí due to concerns that the violence could resume.
  • The Tánaiste’s comments come after a night of widespread rioting in the city centre that saw violent clashes between large groups of people and gardaí in Dublin.
  • Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said 34 people had been arrested and “many more arrests will follow”.
  • Mr Harris said a riotous mob had caused huge destruction in the city, including the looting of 13 shops, the setting on fire of three buses and one Luas tram , and the damaging of 11 Garda vehicles.
  • Numerous gardaí were injured, one seriously.
  • One Dublin bus driver was dragged from their vehicle by the rioters during the violence.
  • During the unrest, gardaí clashed with gangs of people and social media footage showed individual officers being attacked.
  • The violence followed an attack on several people outside the Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire children’s school in Parnell Square by a man armed with a knife.
  • A girl (5) and a woman in her 30s were seriously injured in the attack. The girl remains in a critical condition on Friday evening. The Irish Times understands the woman was an employee of the school or after-school care facility the children were attending.
  • A six-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy sustained less serious injuries in the attack.
  • The chief suspect, a man in his 40s, was also seriously injured in this incident. Officers said they are not looking for anyone else.
  • Brown Thomas chief executive Donald McDonald expressed sadness and anger at the targeting of the department store by looters last night. The store reopened at noon on Friday.
  • Transport services in Dublin are slowly returning to normal. Transdev, which operates the Luas, said a burned-out tram would be removed today which would allow full services to resume.
  • All Dublin Bus services are operating as normal though some city centre services are being diverted.
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That’s a wrap from us for tonight. Thankfully, it is much quieter tonight and gardaí have maintained a heavy presence on the street. Thank you following us tonight.


Tonight the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar held a reception to mark the end of the Decade of Centenaries which has been going on since 2012.

He thanked those involved for making it a memorable 11 years, but also apologised for being late to arrive having been at a cabinet briefing which went on longer than expected.

The Taoiseach said: “We experienced some terrible events in the city yesterday and last night. I can assure you that it is a city under our control and we will do what we have to do to make sure people feel safe on our streets in the coming weeks and months.”

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin added: “My thought are with those injured in yesterday’s horrific violence in Parnell Square, their families and all who were affected by recent events.

“I also want to thank the first responders for their swift, selfless and brave actions last night. Tonight’s event allows us to come together and reflect on our collective achievements over the last 10 years.

“Here tonight in these historic surroundings, cognisant of the events, it is important to remind ourselves, as others have done, of the values that best reflect who we are as a nation and as a people.

“This was seen yesterday in the actions of the women and men who rallied to the defence of those who had been attacked on Parnell Street and risked their own lives in doing so. It was seen also in the instincts of the care worker who put herself in harm’s way to protect those children.

“These were acts of true selflessness and heroism in the most difficult of circumstances. These are the true values of our nation.”

These comments by Elon Musk, the owner of X, formerly known as Twitter and one of the richest men in the world, has not gone down well in Ireland.

The pair have previous. Musk has said he is prepared to take a court challenge against the Government’s hate law legislation. Last April Leo Varadkar told The Sunday Independent that he thought Musk was just “showboating”.

He added: “For example, if Elon Musk or one of his companies was prosecuted for engaging in or inciting hatred or violence against women, or travellers or LGBT+ people or another protected minority, they’d have the option of fighting the case on its merits and also on the law’s constitutionality. But he cannot just challenge a law in the courts and certainly not one that isn’t even a law yet.”


Government ministers have met to discuss yesterday’s events. In a statement afterwards, they said their first thoughts are with the children and adult who sustained serious injuries.

“In particular, the Ministers’ thoughts were with those who remain in hospital, their families, communities and those caring for them,” it said.

Minister McEntee informed the meeting that An Garda Síochána have a definite line of inquiry and are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

The Taoiseach and Minister McEntee updated Ministers on their meeting with the Garda Commissioner in Store Street Garda station this afternoon.

The Taoiseach and Ministers also paid tribute to the professionalism of the Gardaí in restoring law and order in Dublin. “Government strongly supports the work of the Commissioner and the Gardaí in responding to this heinous violence,” it said.

Minister McEntee briefed Ministers that 34 people have been arrested. She indicated that Gardaí are trawling 6,000 hours of CCTV footage and further arrests are certain.

She also briefed that the Recordings Devices Bill will be fast-tracked and enacted in the very near future, allowing body-worn cameras to come into use, and that Budget 2024 allocated additional funding for protective gear. Gardaí are also receiving water cannons this weekend.

Ministers said they supported the Commissioners’ message today that Gardaí have all the powers necessary under the Public Order Acts to deal with the disturbances witnessed on Thursday. “However, the Government remains willing and able to introduce any further provisions that An Garda Síochána deems necessary,” the statement said.

Ministers heard about recent legislative developments and existing legislation:

  • Sentencing for assaulting or obstructing a member of An Garda Síochána which has increased from a maximum of seven to 12 years;
  • Sentencing for assault causing harm has doubled from a maximum of five to ten years;
  • Serious criminal damage, rioting, and violent disorder carry maximum sentences of ten years.

The Taoiseach also informed Ministers that he spoke with the Principal of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, the manager of the Children’s Place Nursery and Montessori, and representatives of the Dublin business community this afternoon.

Amid the widespread violence and destruction last night in Dublin, at least two accommodation centres for asylum seekers and refugees were targeted.

In Finglas, a petrol bomb was thrown through the front of a premises earmarked for refugees in Finglas, setting part of it ablaze.

The premises on North Road had been targeted before by anti-immigration activists. In August last year, shortly after a group of migrants were moved in by the Department of Integration, a group of people forced their way into the premises, filmed asylum seekers and expressed anger at the use of the building.

The building was later vandalised before a decision was taken to move the asylum seekers out for their own safety. There were later plans to use the warehouse-type building to house Ukranian refugees.

Another premises on Parnell Street in the city centre, which was used to accommodate asylum seekers earlier this year, was also targeted in Thursday’s violence.

All the front windows of Dublin City Dorms were smashed by rioters. The premises remained shuttered on Friday.

It was previously targeted by vandals in January after messages spread on far-right groups it was being used to accommodate asylum seekers.

Fiona Hurley, chief executive of the migrant and refugee rights group Nasc, said it was “disgraceful that people are being subjected to danger, violence and hatred, in the very place that they are supposed to be protected”.


Conor Gallagher, Crime and Security Correspondent, writes: Gardaí maintained a strong presence in Dublin city centre on Friday night where it was tense but calm. Large amounts of public order and uniformed members were in place close to The Spire on O’Connell Street. Gardaí have been moving on groups of youths and there have been a small number of arrests.


Political correspondent Harry McGee reports:

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said there is no question of her resigning in the light of the serious outbreak of violence and vandalism that occurred in Dublin city Centre on Thursday.

At a media interview outside Government Buildings, Ms McEntee defended her tenure and record as Minister when asked a number of times if it would be appropriate for her to resign following the violence.

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has called for her resignation.

“I will not [resign],” she said. “I am absolutely committed to my work.

“The only people who are responsible for the absolute chaos that we saw ... are the mindless thugs and an awful act against an innocent group of young schoolchildren.

Ms McEntee also strongly defended the Garda response to the violence as it escalated throughout the evening and again expressed confidence in Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

“We had the largest number of gardaí in public order unit gear that has ever been deployed before and this happened in a very short space of time.

“They managed to contain what was a very volatile situation into a very short area within our city centre. The scenes were absolutely horrific.

“I don’t think anybody thought they would see those kinds of scenes on our main thoroughfare However, it’s important to remember the gardaí maintained this level of violence to a small area within our city centre.

“And they were able to stop it, and to to restore order to our city in a very short space of time.”

She said 32 people were before the courts today and there would be “absolutely” further arrests.

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) says it is alarmed by the “organised violence, intimidation, looting and vandalism” that broke out on the streets of Dublin.

MASI also referenced a voice note circulating on Telegram calling for foreign nationals to be killed. The organisation criticised the “vilification of the Algerian community as well as all foreign nationals who call Ireland home.

“No human being is responsible for the actions of another, even if it is their twin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this horror who are hospitalised and their loved ones.”


The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said it was extremely concerned at reports that people espousing far-right ideology sought to exploit the tragic crime which occurred on Parnell Square East yesterday, in order to foment anti-immigrant sentiment. Collective action by the State, and civil society, is required over a sustained period to tackle racism and to prevent further polarisation of our society.

Chief Commissioner Sinéad Gibney said: “The exploitation by far-right elements of social issues such as the housing crisis, or the accommodation of people seeking international protection in Ireland, has been a worrying trend for some time. It is critical that we, as a society, do not allow this hateful, divisive ideology to infect our communities and our politics.

“So many of us, all around Ireland, have shown how welcoming we are to people from around the world who have come to live and work here. We have to be vigilant, and work to ensure that this practical solidarity continues, and is not undermined by those who only seek to sow division and hate.

“The commission extends its heartfelt sympathies to the children and care worker who were injured on Parnell Square East, and wishes them a full recovery.”

Johnny Watterson reports on tomorrow night’s rematch at the 3Arena between Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron:

The card is due to start at 4pm at the sold-out arena, which can hold around 9,000 fans. An Garda Siochana, in a statement to The Irish Times, said that business will be as usual in Dublin on Saturday.

“Dublin city is open for normal business. An Garda Síochána will have enhanced policing plans in place over the course of the weekend and looks forward to supporting and working with residents, employees, commuters, shoppers and citizens socialising in Dublin city Centre over the coming day,” it said.

The spectre of Conor McGregor hangs over tomorrow night’s 3Arena fight between Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron.

McGregor is one of the main sponsors of Saturday’s event through a branded stout he owns.

He has been accused of making inflammatory comments on X, formerly known as Twitter, about Thursday night’s riots and promoter Eddie Hearn has been asked about them.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin labelled them “absolutely disgraceful” although McGregor appeared to row back a little in a post this evening stating that he did not condone the rioting on Thursday.

Speaking to Irish media after the weigh-in at The Helix on Friday, Hearn said the sponsorship links were never reconsidered in the aftermath of Thursday’s shocking scenes.

“No. I think a brand is a brand. I think that Conor was never planning to come to this event. He won’t be there tomorrow night. I haven’t read all the opinions. I know they’ve created controversy. Everybody’s got an opinion and I don’t even really have one because I don’t know enough about it.

“He has been a massive supporter of Katie and of Irish boxing so it’s a difficult topic. I think his attendance would be a different matter, but he has never been planning to come to this one.”


On Friday, the US Mission in Ireland alerted its citizens that its embassy was “monitoring reports of potential continued demonstrations in Dublin”.

It advised visitors of various actions to take including to monitor local media for updates; avoid crowds; avoid demonstrations; and to be aware of surroundings.

According to the Central Statistics Office, more than 112,000 people visited Ireland from the US in November last year.


Emmet Malone reports:

The driver forced from his bus on O’Connell Bridge on Thursday evening before it was set on fire by rioters had been completely unaware of the events that led to him being targeted and says he spent much of the attack he was subjected to trying to figure out what was going on.

The first Sailesh Tupsy, originally from Mauritius but who moved here 15 years ago, knew of any trouble in Dublin’s city centre was when he stopped at traffic lights on Bachelors Walk and saw a Garda car on fire.

“I saw it burning and realised something had gone wrong here but I didn’t know anything more. I was trying to figure out.

“When there was a green light I started to turn on to O’Connell Bridge but I was driving very slowly and then two young lads came in front of me on scooters. They stopped in front of the bus and started banging on the windscreen. I didn’t know what they were saying to me at first because they were outside but then while I was stopped there other people opened the front and side doors.

“People came on and started shouting at me. They started shouting: ‘What are you doing here?’”

At that stage he was, he acknowledges, concerned for his safety as “one guy threw a punch at me [hitting him in the face] and others were shouting: ‘What do you think you are doing here?’ I didn’t know what they meant. I was trying to understand what was going on. I was thinking ... ‘what are they trying to say?” But I didn’t know what had happened.

“I was in my cab and I put my screen protection up while I was trying to get in contact with control but nobody was answering. At the same time there was about 10 guys on the bus and one man, more than 30, standing in front of the bus. He had stayed there, shouting to get out. They opened the bus door again. There was a group of them and they said: ‘Get out of the bus; Get out of the Cab or we will kill you.’

“So I said: ‘Listen guys, I am out. I put both my hands out, I just wanted to save myself and I saw a tall guy standing t the corner. He said to come over, he would get me out. So I grabbed my bag and walked straight to him. He grabbed me and walked me out.

“He walked me to the next lights where there were three garda. I started to tell them what had happened but they were under pressure and they just told me to get out. I didn’t know what to do and I called the garage and they said to leave the bus, to make sure I was safe.”

In the end, he started walking back to his garage before a passing bus picked him up and brought him the rest of the way.

A day on, he was still “trying to process what had happened.” His Dublin Bus supervisors have, he said, been sympathetic, telling him to take time off while officials from his union, Siptu, had also been in touch.

“I’m okay,” he told The Irish Times. “I have some bruising on my face where I was punched. It still feels strange, though. I am still just trying to process it all.”

The political ramifications from last night’s riots has escalated with the Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald calling for the resignation of the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

Ms McDonald said she was not making the call “lightly” but instead in response to what she said was predictable violence on the streets of Dublin. The commissioner had failed to keep the streets of Dublin safe, she alleged.

The Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe, who is also a constituency colleague of Ms McDonald said it was “very typical” of Sinn Féin to use an occasion like this for political purposes.

He accused Sinn Féin of using “every moment of great difficulty as an opportunity to attack and to deride”.

Mr Donohoe, a Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central, said: “Now is the time for us to stand behind our guards and the work that they are doing.

“Now is the time to support leaders, to support the work of Helen McEntee and others in dealing with the events of last night and keeping our city safe over the weekend and in responding back to the great anxiety and worry that is in our city and beyond that at the moment.

“What we are just seeing is Sinn Féin continuing to use every opportunity to attack, every opportunity to divide.”

On the Garda response to the riots, Mr Donohoe said: “The Garda Commissioner has already said we’re going to have to consider what are the lessons from last night.

“We are going to have to review the degree to which things escalated and what needs to be the appropriate policing response in circumstances like that.

“And of course the Government will offer any assistance, any resources that are needed in the context of that.

“There were, I believe, approximately 500 people involved in the unrest that we saw last night.

“Within an hour and a half there was 400 gardaí on our streets.

“It did escalate very, very quickly and of course we’re going to have to look at how that can be prevented in the future.”


Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has gone further to state that both the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris should resign.

She told reporters: “They should resign, both of them. To be explicit, when I say that I have no confidence and I do not make this remark lightly I am saying that we clearly now need a change.

“A change in Government but also a change in leadership of An Garda Síochána. This situation has grown and grown. It has been allowed to fester.

“People for a long time have not felt safe in Dublin city centre and elsewhere. There has not been a proper response from Government or from the An Garda Síochána and that means that those responsible for those failures have to face the consequences of their failures.”

Conor Pope reports: “There was a queue of shoppers outside Arnott’s on Dublin’s Henry St as it got ready for a delayed reopening at midday on Friday after a night of rioting which saw it targeted by looters.

The retailer was “delighted” to see people showing their support with the chief executive Donald McDonald saying earlier in the day that a store that has stood in the city centre for 180 years would not have its spirit broken by the actions of a handful of violent criminals.

Despite the evident solidarity, a day which had promised much for retailers across Dublin and had looked likely to kick start the Christmas shopping season in earnest was considerably bleaker as a result of fears the violent scenes on Thursday would bring significant financial pain to hundreds of businesses across the city and risk making it a no-go area in the run-up to Christmas.


Transdev, the company that runs the Luas, has said it hopes it may have normal city centre services resumed tomorrow morning but that is highly dependent on whether the overhead power lines pass muster.

A spokeswoman explained that technical crews have been in the city all day, initially pushing the vandalised tram back to its Broombridge depot, a lengthy operation, and then testing overhead power lines and tracks.

The Red Line services are only operating from Tallaght-Saggart to Smithfield, with no service operating between Smithfield and Connolly or The Point. Similar disruption on the Green Line means services are only operating from Brides Glen to St Stephen’s Green, with nothing between the latter and Broombridge.

Removing the burnt-out tram, the cost of which is currently being assessed, was an arduous operation that initially saw it being pushed by a rail vehicle to meet up with another tram which then tow-pushed it to the depot.

“That would have been one of our key milestones to achieve, to get that tram out to Broombridge,” the spokeswoman said.


RTÉ's crime correspondent Paul Reynolds is reporting that An Garda Síochána has secured the use of two water cannons from the PSNI.

The water cannons will be used in the event of a repeat of last night’s violence.

Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley tweeted earlier today: “Is it time for the State to purchase a couple of water cannons as back up to our Gardai in dealing with thugs intent on causing riots?”


Irish Times political correspondent Cormac McQuinn reports. An Garda Síochána has responded to comments by Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon’s that they have no confidence in Commissioner Drew Harris.

In a statement from the press office, it said: “As an apolitical organisation, An Garda Síochána does not comment on remarks by third-parties.”

However, it added that the Commissioner Harris warned about the rise of the far-right in Ireland and the threat it posed to the country as far back as 2019 and it included a link to an Irish Times article which reported remarks made by Mr Harris at a 2019 meeting of the Policing Authority.

He raised concern at the time about far right activity saying: “We now see it starting to arrive on our shores.

“We’re very acutely aware of it and we’re very acutely aware there’s a policing response, and indeed an intelligence response, that we need to have to thwart that particular threat.”

The Garda statement added: “until yesterday, An Garda Síochána had made 50 arrests this year largely related to illegal activity at anti-migration protests.

“Following yesterday evening’s policing operation involving approximately 400 Gardaí, 34 individuals were arrested and further arrests are expected.”


The Methodist Church in Ireland has said it is “appalled at the actions of far right elements in our society who immediately used online networks to bring more people on to the streets to exercise aggression that made the city unsafe, destroyed property and infrastructure and endangered life.

“Far right groups have been active at protests at libraries and temporary accommodation centres and feel emboldened. We call on the Minister of Justice, Garda Commissioner and our politicians to ensure a robust response.

“The Methodist Church has previously spoken about the danger of racist language and aggression. We stand against all narratives that divide people on the basis of race and nationality or that undermine social cohesion and law and order.

“We grapple with having seen our society at its ugliest and yet we have also seen the best in those who risked their personal safety by standing in the way of harm to the children. As a multi-ethnic church, we have been enriched by the diversity of Ireland. It is important to reiterate that each one who has made Ireland their home belongs here.”

The statement is signed by Rev David Turtle, the president of the Methodist Church in Ireland and Rev Stephen Foster, the chair of the Southern Executive of the Council on Social Responsibility.


Dublin City Council chief executive Richard Shakespeare has expressed his “deepest sympathies” following the events of Parnell Square and in the city centre.

“The city is in shock today following the attack and the extreme violence seen on our streets last night. Like you all, I was disgusted at the thuggery displayed by a group of people with no regard for Dublin, our emergency services and our citizens,” he stated.

“As chief executive, I am very proud of the response from our operational staff and would like to acknowledge the commitment they have shown. I want to reassure everyone that our city is open for business and we will continue to work closely with all agencies involved to ensure that remains the case.”

Operational staff from the council’s waste management section were on the ground since 3am this morning. Between 6am and 9am the number of staff deployed to clean the city-centre was trebled to more than 130 people and staff were redeployed from the suburbs to help.

Traffic management and control staff have been working on the ground and in the traffic control centre throughout the night and today managing the diversion of traffic flows. The North and South Quays have now reopened, O’Connell Street Northbound is still closed as is the west side of O’Connell Bridge.

Public Lighting crews are in the city assessing the damage and repairing and replacing damaged infrastructure.

Dublin City Council also met the city’s business representatives earlier today.


Conor Gallagher reports: In an internal message to gardaí today, Commissioner Drew Harris commended members for this bravery and warned the force may face similar situations again.

The full message here:

“Colleagues, Yesterday, we saw awful events in Dublin- the attack on schoolchildren and their teacher, but also then the violence into the evening both at our cordon point and then the city centre.

“I really want to commend and thank all those Gardaí who deployed in the city centre to keep the peace and bring offenders to justice.

“You all did a tremendous job, a very courageous job, and it was done with great professionalism.

“Obviously, we suffered damage to vehicles, but more worryingly, Gardaí suffered injuries as well. I want to point out that we have a full array of welfare and wellbeing facilities open to you.

“Please avail of them if you feel you need to.”

“And as we look forward, it might be that we face, regrettably, similar situations again.”

“All of you may be called upon to do our duty, to do our collective duty, to keep the people of Ireland safe. That can involve at times the use of our coercive powers not only to protect society, but also to protect yourselves.

“I want to say that you have my full support in all that you are doing in terms of the professionalism and our courageous response to outrageous behaviour and violence. Thank you all very much.”


Pól Hansard, the principal of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, said they aredeeply shocked and saddened by yesterday’s serious incident that has impacted our school community.

He added: “Our thoughts are with our pupils and our creche worker colleague who were injured and their families. The wider school community who are affected by this incident are also in our thoughts.

“Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated. Our school has implemented our critical incident management plan. Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been with us, supporting and advising the staff in our efforts to assist our school community. We would ask you to respect our privacy at this time.”


Gardaí are “risk assessing” the Katie Taylor boxing match scheduled to take place in the Three Arena tomorrow but as of now there are no plans to cancel it in the wake of Thursday’s violence in the city centre.

Senior sources said while there are some concerns the fight could be a focal point of disorderly behaviour, there is no plan to withdraw its licence as of Friday afternoon.

This may change if there is repeat violence in the city centre on Friday evening, sources said.

Dublin city remained calm on Friday afternoon. There is a heavy presence of uniform and public order gardaí around the city.


Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said she has no confidence in the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris nor the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee following Thursday night’s “catastrophic” events.

She said the idea that the violence was unforeseeable was “nonsense – these hate filled mobs have threatened and brought violence to our streets before. This shouldn’t have happened and – let me be very clear – it can never happen again.

“The people of Dublin need to know that those in charge of Government and the head of An Garda Síochána are capable of ensuring that it never happens again.

She had spoken to the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and to the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and informed them there had been an “unacceptable failure to keep people safe last night. However, we all know this problem didn’t start last night. This has been building for months.

“Sinn Féin has been highlighting the crisis in policing in Dublin city for a long time because we do not have enough Gardaí. Let me say it plainly – people do not feel safe in Dublin city Centre. I do not say the following lightly, but it must be said. I have no confidence in how Dublin is being policed. The people of this city have the right to be safe on their streets, in their homes and in their communities.”

The Dublin riots made unwelcome headlines around the world, appearing on many front pages.

The Times and The Daily Telegraph both featured the riots on the front page of their print editions. The Telegraph is running a live blog on the story, describing it as the “worst disorder in decades” seen in Dublin. The paper quotes Britain’s Levelling Up minister Michael Gove who described the stabbing incident as “horrific” and the riots which followed it as “shocking”.

“People in Dublin endured two terrible attacks yesterday,” Gove was quoted as saying in the newspaper. “So first of all, there was the horrific knife assault. That crime is being investigated, and it would be wrong for anyone to speculate further at the moment. But then later, there was an attack on the rule of law and legitimate authority.”

He added: “It’s more shocking because it’s so rare in Ireland, and the Garda Commissioner and his team, I think, responded in an exemplary fashion to this small flashpoint.”

The Times noted that gardaí are expecting more violence tonight and are assessing how to respond.

The riots made the front page of The New York Times website. “A violent clash between rioters and police in central Dublin on Thursday injured several police officers, one seriously, and prompted the arrests of 34 people,” the paper reported.

“Rioters set fire to police vehicles, destroyed public buses and looted or damaged more than a dozen shops, the Garda said. A mob had gathered in the city centre following a knife attack that had seriously injured a female schoolteacher and three young children.

“The escalating unrest appalled the authorities, who blamed a far-right faction for fuelling tensions by spreading misinformation about the knife attack.”

The Dublin riots was the fourth most read story on The Washington Post website on Thursday. “Ireland’s police chief on Friday described the unrest in central Dublin, in which double-decker buses, trams and police cars were torched, as ‘scenes that we have not seen in decades’,” it stated.

“The violence and looting through some of Dublin’s most famous streets began after a stabbing attack outside a school that left five people hospitalised, including three young children and a woman. Police detained a man who is also being treated for injuries. What police later identified as far-right protesters then took to the streets of Dublin, setting vehicles ablaze and clashing with police.”

The French newspaper Le Figaro stated that the “Irish capital went up in flames this Thursday at the end of the day, after a knife attack near a school which left four injured, including three children.

“Police officers stoned, vehicles burned, stores looted ... Dublin descended into chaos this Thursday, November 23 at the end of the day, scene of violent riots in reaction to an attack that occurred earlier in the afternoon.

“The head of the police in the Irish capital spoke of events not seen for “decades” and announced several arrests.”

Germany’s mass-market tabloid Bild described the disturbances as “serious riots”.

The paper added: “According to a reporter from the British news channel Sky News, hundreds of people, some of whom were masked, were said to have taken part in the riots. Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee spoke of ‘thugs, criminals who are using this horrific attack to sow division and cause chaos’.

‘This will not be tolerated,’ she said

“Police Chief Drew Harris blamed the violence on a ‘completely insane group’ driven by a ‘far-right ideology’. He warned against the spread of ‘disinformation’.

“The atmosphere on social media apparently also contributed to the escalation of the situation. According to Harris, there was a ‘huge amount’ of speculation online about the nationality of the alleged attacker. He called on people to ignore ‘disinformation and rumours circulating on social media’. The facts still need to be clarified.”

In the left-leaning Spanish daily El País, columnist Rafael de Miguel wrote: “The citizens of Ireland, an island that has always boasted of being a welcoming country, refuse to admit that the same ultra and xenophobic plague that runs through much of Europe has reached its shores. “Screw them. These pitiful thugs are not us. They do not act for us or speak for us or burn buses for us,” analyst Fintan O’Toole wrote angrily after a long night of violence and fire in the centre of Dublin.

“Many Irish prefer to identify with the Brazilian worker from the Deliveroo delivery company who attacked with his helmet the suspect of stabbing three children and a woman in the early afternoon, in front of a primary school, than with the hundreds of vandals who set fire to the streets and shouted against the immigrants. Police have arrested 34 people for rioting and looting in the city. The authorities anticipate new protests in the coming days, so the presence of agents on the streets will be reinforced.”


Garda Representative Association general secretary Ronan Slevin said a number of members of the force suffered “quite serious” injuries in the riots.

He added: “Yesterday, garda members from all over the country went to Dublin to provide support for their colleagues in an extremely volatile and dangerous situation and we wish to commend all those members who put the safety of their fellow gardaí and the public in advance of their own.

“The Garda Commissioner this morning spoke of reflection required on the tactics employed in such public order situations and we would of course welcome a thorough review with input from our members on the frontline.

“We at the Garda Representative Association have long called for greater resources, better training and to be more appropriately equipped for such events – both in terms of safety equipment and with technology such as body worn recording devices.

“These are issues that we will continue to raise with garda management as well as the ongoing recruitment crisis but at this time we would like to wish our members injured in yesterday’s rioting a speedy recovery and assure them of our full solidarity and support. We need to ensure that all our members are properly protected for their own safety and that of the public.”


Calls for ‘sustained Garda presence on Dublin city centre streets

Publicans have called for changes in policing strategy to ensure there is a “high profile, sustained Garda presence on Dublin streets throughout the city centre”.

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), which represents Dublin publicans, paid tribute to the bravery displayed by the members of the Garda, as well as other emergency responders. However, it said major changes to boost safety on the streets are needed.

“As everyone who is concerned about Dublin sets about repairing the damage done to the city, we have to take a longer-term, strategic approach to what steps can be taken to ensure lasting solutions. We believe it is essential that the policing strategy is adjusted so that there is now a high profile, sustained Garda presence on Dublin streets throughout the city centre on a permanent basis,” said Donall O’Keeffe, LVA chief executive.

“This needs to be put in place immediately for the key trading period through to new year, but it also has to amount to a lot more than a short-term response. That means maintaining the presence throughout 2024 and beyond. The LVA has been pressing for the need for higher visibility policing throughout the city for many months and the events on Thursday night once again emphasised why this is essential for the longer term maintenance of public order in our capital.”


Update: Gardaí search address of chief suspect in stabbing attack

Gardaí investigating the stabbing attack on children in Dublin city centre have searched the accommodation of the chief suspect in the case, writes Conor Lally.

The man’s laptop and telephone have also been seized for searching as gardaí try to establish a motive for the attack.

The suspect, who is in his late 40s and is a naturalised Irish citizen, has lived at different addresses around Dublin.

Gardaí believe he is a single man with no children in Ireland, where he has lived for about two decades. As the motive for the attack, at about 1.30pm on Thursday on Parnell Square East, has not been established, gardaí have not ruled out a mental health episode or a terror-related link.

You can read Conor’s full report here.


Calls for ‘day of solidarity’ outside GPO on Monday next

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has called on workers to join a demonstration at the GPO at 1pm on Monday to show solidarity with the people of Dublin and “to clearly denounce this violence”.

Owen Reidy, Ictu general secretary, condemned the “looting and vandalism”, which had damaged businesses and could leave retail and hospitality workers at risk of losing their jobs as a result.

The senior trade union official called for workers to join a demonstration at the GPO at 1pm on Monday to show solidarity with the people of Dublin and “to clearly denounce this violence”.


Online fund for Deliveroo driver who intervened in stabbing tops €25,000 in five hours

An online fundraising page set up to “buy a pint” for the Brazilian deliveryman Caio Benicio, who intervened in the Parnell Square stabbing, has raised €25,000 in the space of five hours.

The Gofundme page was set up by Paul Darcy. “The man’s a hero and the least we can do is buy him a pint so I’m asking you to donate the price of a pint of Guinness in your local to Caio so that he knows the people of Dublin appreciate him,” he wrote.

You can read our interview with Caio Benicio here. “I used my helmet as a weapon to stop him. He fell to the ground. People started crying,” he said.


Dozens appear in court on public order and other charges following Dublin rioting

Dublin District Court is hearing more than 30 public order and other cases arising from the disturbances in the capital’s city centre on Thursday, reports Colm Keena.

By lunchtime on Friday, about 20 people had already been brought from custody before the court and charged with public order and other offences, with a total of more than 30 cases expected before the close of business.

All so far have been granted bail on condition that they do not attend organised or unorganised gatherings in the city until the matter before the court is dealt with.

You can read his full report here.

Burned out vehicles and a Luas in Dublin city centre on Friday morning after rioting in the capital on Thursday night. Photograph: Conor Pope

Cost of riots will run into “the tens of millions” – Taoiseach

The cost of the riots on Dublin’s streets on Thursday will run into “the tens of millions”, Taoiseach Leo Varakdar has said, writes Mark Hennessy.

“The cars destroyed, the trams and buses damaged, we don’t have a figure on that yet, but it is likely to be in the tens of millions, not millions,” he said.

The Taoiseach was speaking after a British Irish Council meeting in Dublin Castle, though a dinner for the political leaders on Thursday night ended early because of the riots.

Help will be offered to the businesses that suffered damages and loss, he said: “We’ll have to work out the details depending on whether they’re covered by insurance or not.”

Senior British minister, Michael Gove said the people of Dublin had suffered two terrible events on Thursday – the Parnell Square stabbings and the later rioting.

“Later there was an attack on the rule of law, and legitimate authority. It was a really small group of people,” he told journalists in Dublin Castle.

“Behaviour of that kind is unacceptable wherever it happens and it’s more shocking because it is so rare, you know, in Ireland,” he said.

The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and his team had responded to the Dublin disturbances in “an exemplary fashion”, he declared.

“It is a mark of Ireland that this is so rare. It is a mark of Ireland that people responded so quickly and it is a mark of Ireland that there has been universal revulsion,” he said.


Political reaction: calls for resignations in wake of last night’s violence

The positions of both Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris are “untenable” in the wake of the rioting in Dublin, Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon has claimed, Cormac McQuinn reports.

The Dublin Central TD argued that every single available Garda unit should have been brought to the city after “far right agitators” began circulating plans to assemble on social media on Thursday afternoon.

He accused Mr Harris of downplaying the threat of the far-right over the last 18 months citing protests at refugee reception centres and at libraries.

He also claimed that the Commissioner’s approach has been that they cannot be confronted “for fear of escalation”.

Mr Gannon said: “That has proved last night to be a grotesque failure on the part of the highest echelons of the An Garda Síochána.”

He said he wanted Ms McEntee to come before the Dáil to “tell us how this situation was allowed to happen”.

Separately, a nine-strong regional group of TDs has urged the suspension of the Dáil to debate last night’s “disturbing incidents”.

The regional group of TDs submitted a formal request to the Ceann Comhairle today, urging the suspension of all other business in Dáil Éireann on Tuesday next to ensure a comprehensive debate on these urgent matters.

“The right of children to be safe in their communities, as well as the safety of all, must be a top priority,” the nine TDs said in a joint statement. “The group strongly emphasises that there is no place in society for mob mentality, violence, stirring of hatred ideologies and destruction. Members of the regional group commend the bravery of emergency services personnel and condemn the attacks on them as they worked to protect the public during the recent incidents.”


Update: what is and isn’t open for business today

Following the violence and looting which broke out in Dublin city centre on Thursday evening, some services are resuming as normal, while others are opting to close early, reports Jade Wilson.

Retail, cinemas and theatres

Most retailers remained open on Friday, unless advised otherwise by authorities, said Arnold Dillon, director of Retail Ireland.

“At the moment, shops are open for business, but if the situation changes, they will follow the advice of gardaí,” he said.

Retail Ireland was “deeply shocked” by the violence on Thursday evening, he said in a statement, adding: “There is massive concern about the impact on staff, the cost of repairing damage and replacing stock”.

Brown Thomas reopened at noon on Friday, as chief executive Donald McDonald expressed sadness and anger at the targeting of the department store by looters last night.

Arnotts Department store on Henry Street, which was looted during the riots last night, reopened for business at noon and would remain open until 6pm, Mr McDonald said.

An Post said the GPO on O’Connell Street reopened for all business at noon, with the later opening time allowing for the clean-up operation in the city centre and resumption of public transport for staff and customers.

Some shops on Grafton Street said they intended to close early to allow staff to get home safely in the event any more protests resumed or in case of further disruptions to public transport.

The Light House cinema in Smithfield said it would be closing at the earlier time of 6pm “for the safety of our staff and patrons”.

All pre-booked tickets for impacted shows will be refunded, the cinema said in a statement.

Other cinemas in Dublin’s city centre had not indicated any intention to close early as of Friday afternoon.

The Gate Theatre cancelled its performance of Peter Pan on Thursday evening due to the unrest in the area, but it had not indicated any intention to cancel Friday performances, as of the afternoon time.

The Abbey Theatre said Pegeen’s cafe and the theatre building were “open as normal” on Friday, and its production of The Quare Fellow would go ahead as planned on Friday evening.

“Should anything change with any performances, we will contact ticket holders directly,” it said in a statement, adding: “We are thinking of all our neighbours in Dublin 1 this morning”.

Public transport

Transport services in Dublin are slowly returning to normal. Transdev, which operates the Luas, said a burned out tram would be removed today which would allow full services to resume.

All Dublin Bus services are operating as normal though some city centre services are being diverted.


Several schools in Dublin’s north inner city confirmed on Friday that they closed early, between 11.30 and 12pm, on advice from gardaí and the Department of Education.

One principal said there was fear large groups would return to the city centre in the afternoon to begin more protests in the area.

Schools in other parts of the city centre and further afield were remaining open as normal.


The Rotunda Hospital, which had advised against travelling to the hospital on Thursday “unless necessary” due to the unrest, said patients who had an appointment on Friday should come in as scheduled.

Outpatient services and scheduled procedures would go ahead on Friday, it said. While there were diversions around O’Connell Street, Parnell Street and Parnell Square, traffic could reach the Rotunda, the hospital said in a statement.

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital requested that the public “do not visit the hospital at this time”. Restrictions at the hospital would be in place from Friday for 72 hours, it said. “The only visitors who will be allowed on campus are those who are visiting patients in critical care, vulnerable young adults, psychiatry patients or those whose loved ones are receiving end of life care,” it said.


‘Staff have been working since 3am’: Clean up in Dublin continues

Clean-up work has been taking place in Dublin as the city comes to terms with last night’s violence, reports Conor Pope.

Dublin Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste said that while last night was a “really dark day for Dublin”, council staff have been working since early morning to clear away debris and burnt vehicles. You can read more of Conor’s report here.


Garda public order unit returns to O’Connell Street

Members of the Garda’s public order unit have returned to O’Connell Street this afternoon, Conor Gallagher reports. While the street is calm at present and clean-up work is continuing, concerns over a repeat of last night’s unrest have led to early school closures and the cancellation of a number of Christmas parties and events in the city-centre.


Some schools in Dublin north inner city close early

Several schools in Dublin’s north inner city confirmed to The Irish Times on Friday that they were closing early, on advice from gardaí and the Department of Education, Jade Wilson reports.

Most schools affected closed at around 12pm. One principal said there were fears that large groups would return to the city centre in the afternoon to begin more protests in the area.


‘It is vital that there is no repeat of what happened yesterday’

More reaction continues to roll in this afternoon:

Arnold Dillon, director of Retail Ireland, said the business group was “deeply shocked” for the violence.

“There is massive concern about the impact on staff, the cost of repairing damage and replacing stock,” he said.

“A strong, assertive and visible Gardai response is required. It is vital that there is no repeat of what happened yesterday,” he said.

Mary Rose Burke, chief executive of Dublin Chamber business group, said threats to public safety must be dealt with “swiftly”.


‘We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff’

Bernard Gloster, chief executive of the Health Service Executive (HSE), said the five extra ambulance crews were called in to assist Dublin Fire Brigade’s ambulances.

“I want to thank all of our staff for the work they did in very difficult circumstances,” he said.

“The scenes visible on the streets of Dublin last night have implications far beyond what people can see and this impacts all public services including healthcare for the majority of law abiding citizens,” he said.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff as they go about their work and I am certainly concerned for them when even a small number of people act with intent on causing violence, harm and disruption,” he said.


‘I’m an immigrant too’: Deliveroo rider speaks about intervening in Parnell stabbing


In a statement, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) described the riots as “outrageous thuggery”, while paying tribute to emergency services and council and transport workers.

Owen Reidy, Ictu general secretary, condemned the “looting and vandalism”, which had damaged businesses and could leave retail and hospitality workers at risk of losing their jobs as a result.

The senior trade union official called for workers to join a demonstration at the GPO at 1pm on Monday to show solidarity with the people of Dublin and “to clearly denounce this violence”.


The chief executive of Brown Thomas and Arnotts, Donald McDonald, has expressed sadness and anger that “Dublin’s department store” was targeted by looters last night, but he stressed that a retailer that has stood in the city centre for 180 years would not have its spirit broken by the actions of the rioters, Conor Pope reports.

Mr McDonald said he was “shocked and saddened by the tragic attack on a woman and children at Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire in Parnell Square and the subsequent terrible events last night in Dublin city centre”.

Looters broke into Arnotts via the Abbey Street entrance shortly after it closed and began ransacking limited parts of the store.

“We prioritised customer and team safety and made a timely decision to close the store early yesterday evening,” Mr McDonald said.

“Thankfully nobody was hurt in the events that unfolded at Arnotts and all our team members and customers, while shaken, are safe.”

He noted the rioters “may have damaged our store and stolen some merchandise, but they can never damage the Arnotts spirit – we will not allow them”.


The clean up of Dublin city centre following the riots continues into the morning, here are some best photos taken today of the aftermath of the chaos on Thursday night.

Burned out vehicles and a Luas in Dublin city centre on Friday morning after rioting in the capital on Thursday night. Photograph: Conor Pope


Young girl injured in stabbing remains in ‘critical’ condition

In an update, Garda Headquarters said the five-year-old girl who was stabbed in the Parnell Square attack remained in a “critical condition” in Temple Street children’s hospital.

The other injured girl (6) continues to be treated for less serious injuries, while the boy (5) was discharged from hospital on Thursday evening.

The woman carer (30s) who intervened to try to stop the attack remains in a “serious condition” in the Mater hospital.

The suspect in the attack, who is in his late 40s, also remains in a “serious condition” in hospital, according to the Garda.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information on the attack to call Mountjoy Garda station (01 666 8600), the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111) or any Garda station.


Tánaiste Micheál Martin has said the riots in Dublin city were organised, prompting Government to now order a review of intelligence gathering, Ireland and Britain editor Mark Hennessy reports.

Speaking to reporters in Dublin Castle, the Fianna Fáil leader condemned the rioters. “The better part of our nature must now show itself, the views of the vast, vast majority of the Irish people,” he said.

“People have no time for the type of lawlessness, rioting and attacks on our gardaí, fire services, bus drivers that happened last night.

“When you attack buses, when you attack a Luas, when you attack shops, you’re attacking your own community. You are attacking family, you are attacking friends, you are attacking workers,” he said, in advance of a meeting of the British-Irish Council.

Gardaí assembling evidence after the Parnell Square stabbings and emergency crews were quickly attacked by those who claim that they were protesting, he said. “That is something that cannot be condoned and must be condemned. The scene of any violent incident should always be preserved,” he said.

Defending the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in the face of criticisms about the speed of the Garda response, Mr Martin said gardaí had been quickly on the scene and dealt with a difficult situation.


Crime correspondent Conor Gallagher reports that three gardaí were hospitalised during the riots – several suffered broken toes and fingers, and one suffered more serious injuries.


Some quick-fire analysis from our political correspondent Harry McGee, who is down covering Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s press conference this morning:

The Taoiseach has been taking questions for the past few minutes, and he has said he has full confidence in the Garda Commissioner and Minister for Justice Helen McEntee.

The thrust of his responses have been the Government is looking to strengthen laws to prevent any recurrence of such events.

Mr Varadkar has honed in, in particular, on modernising incitement to hatred legislation, which he has said is not fit for the social media age. He also says changes will be made to laws on gathering CCTV evidence to ensure gardaí have access to all images.


Government to pass new CCTV laws to take actions against rioters

Speaking this morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government will seek to pass new laws in the coming weeks “to enable the gardaí to make better use of the CCTV they collected” during the riots and prosecute those involved.

Mr Varadkar said legislation for hate crime would also be brought before the Oireachtas in response to the riots.

“It’s now very obvious to anyone who would have doubted it that our incitement to hatred legislation is not up to date for the social media age,” he said.

The “criminals” rioting last night were not acting out of patriotism, but as they were “filled with hate”, he said.

“We will pass new laws in the coming weeks to enable the gardaí to make better use of the CCTV they collected yesterday,” he said. The “full resources of the State” would be brought to bear on those involved, he said.

“As a Government we will be relentless in protecting our citizens and defending our people,” he said.

The Fine Gael leader said the care assistant injured in the stabbing on Parnell Square had used her body to shield injuries against other children.

He said the person who carried out the attack was “intent on murder”, adding that gardaí have obtained his computer.

Mr Varadkar has said he has full confidence in Minister for Justice Helen McEntee.

There should be “no criticism” of the gardaí or Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, he said.

He said a number of gardaí were injured last night, most of whose injuries were minor, but he said one garda sustained a serious injury to his foot.

Mr Varadkar accepted that any incitement to hatred legislation could not be applied retrospectively and could not be used in respect to the events of Thursday night.

There would be a considerable Garda presence in the city centre on Friday night, and Mr Varadkar urged people who had planned to come into the city on Friday night to go ahead with their plans and not change them.

The Taoiseach addressed concerns that people of colour in Ireland might be afraid of what they saw last night, as some rioters shouted anti-immigrant slogans.

“I want them to know what they witnessed yesterday was the work of a tiny majority and was not representative of the vast majority of Irish people,” Mr Varadkar said.


The Rotunda Hospital has advised people that if they have an appointment at the maternity hospital today that outpatient and scheduled procedures are still going ahead.

There are some traffic diversions around Parnell Square, parts of which has been cordoned off as gardaí continue to investigate the stabbing attacks that took place on there Thursday, however traffic is able to reach the hospital.


Neil McDonnell, chief executive of ISME, who represent small and medium businesses, said the justice system needed to “take a serious look” at how he said it had permitted the “erosion of confidence in the rule of law”.

“Retail staff are not afraid of immigrants, they are afraid of unrestrained thuggery, violence and theft that occurs daily in their stores,” he said.


Dublin stunned after dark day of violence

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The streets of Dublin city centre were ablaze on Thursday night, with at least one Garda vehicle, a double-decker bus and a Luas tram set alight and several shops looted.In the wake of the stabbing attack on several schoolchildren on Parnell Square, a major riot broke out on O’Connell Street, the city centre’s main thoroughfare, and surrounding streets.Large numbers of gardaí were mobilised in an attempt to restore order, clashing with large groups of rioters. The shops broken into and looted include Arnotts and Footlocker.Crime and security correspondent Conor Gallagher and reporter Jack Power covered the stabbing attack and witnessed the riot. They talk to In the News producer Declan Conlon.


There were no Dublin Fire Brigade personnel injured on Thursday night during the riot, a spokesman has said.


Conor Pope, consumer affairs correspondent, reports from Dublin city centre this morning:

The smell of burning plastic and rubber is still hanging in the air at the top of O’Connell St as two burnt-out buses sit on top of articulated lorries, and maintenance crews slowly sift through the wreckage of a Luas tram that was set on fire last night.

The shock on the faces of passersby is evident as they take in the scale of the destruction just opposite the Gresham Hotel.

Hundreds of council workers who have been on site since 3am have been clearing the streets of the detritus of the riots with the dozens of gardaí standing sentry duty outside some of the most badly looted shops.

The north Quays at O’Connell Bridge remain blocked, but there is some traffic moving along O’Connell Street.

Burned out vehicles and a Luas in Dublin city centre on Friday morning after rioting in the capital on Thursday night. Photograph: Conor Pope


Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the riot that “wreaked havoc” in Dublin was the actions of a “violent mob of thugs and criminals”.

Gardaí would now comb through thousands of hours of CCTV footage to bring charges against people involved in the riots, she said.

Discussions online about any further protests would be monitored by the Garda, she told Morning Ireland.

Ms McEntee said her thoughts were with the victims of the stabbing attack on Parnell Square.

“I think people are trying to get their heads around what has happened ... the fact that such innocent small children were attacked in this way,” she said. “This was a situation that unfolded in a matter of seconds,” she said.


The five-year-old girl who was seriously injured in the Parnell Square stabbing is “still in a very serious condition”, as is a carer who was also injured, Mr Harris said.


“There is no failure here, this is regrettably how protests have moved on,” Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said.

“We are going to have a fundamental review of our public order tactics,” he said. Gardaí “stood up to the plate” during the protests, he said.

“These are scenes that we have not seen in decades; it is clear people have been radicalised over social media,” he said.

“Thirty-four arrests have been made, many more will follow,” he said.

Mr Harris said gardaí had to make the “assumption that following the events of last night, we are going to seen further protests”.


Riot sees 34 arrests and 13 shops looted, says Harris

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said 34 people were arrested during riots in Dublin last night.

There were 13 shops looted, with three buses, one Luas tram and 11 Garda vehicles damaged, he said.


Speaking this morning, Minister for Education Norma Foley said she was “shocked beyond measure” at the attack on children on Parnell Square, outside of Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire.

The primary school was a “great school,” with “great staff” in a “great community,” she told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

Ms Foley said the heroics of passersby and others who intervened to protect children stood in stark contrast to the destruction caused by rioters.

“The actions of a violent few who created chaos, who upended the city, they are not reflective of society,” she said.


‘I didn’t even make a decision, it was pure instinct’

Details are emerging about some of the heroic actions of members of the public who intervened to stop the stabbing of the group of children on Parnell Square.

The Journal last night spoke to Caio Benício, a Brazilian Deliveroo driver who, after witnessing a man attacking a young girl with a knife, dismounted his bike and starting hitting the attacker with his helmet.

“I didn’t even make a decision, it was pure instinct, and it was all over in seconds. He fell to the ground, I didn’t see where the knife went, and other people stepped in,” he told the Journal.

“I have two kids myself, so I had to do something. I did what anyone would do. People were there but they couldn’t step in because he was armed, but I knew I could use my helmet as a weapon,” he said.


A little after 10pm on Thursday night myself and crime and security correspondent Conor Gallagher recorded an In The News podcast, after reporting from the scene of the riot. You can listen to the podcast here: Dublin stunned by a dark day of violence.


Public transport information

Dublin Bus has advised commuters that although its services are operating this morning, diversions are in place around Parnell Street, Parnell Square, and O’Connell Street. Passengers have been advised to expect delays to some services.

For the Luas, Red line services are not running between Smithfield and Connolly, while there is no service between St Stephen’s Green and Broombridge on the Green line.

Irish Rail has said Dart, Commuter and Intercity train services are operating as normal.


Good morning, Jack Power, news reporter, here, bringing you the latest from the aftermath of the major riots in Dublin city centre last night.

Gardaí are currently stationed outside a number of shops that were broken into and looted on Thursday night amid the chaos, as clean-up crews work to remove the debris from a burnt-out bus at the top of O’Connell Street.