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Man arrested under Offences Against the State Act after Saturday’s riot

Gardaí have arrested a man in relation to the anti-lockdown protest which occured on Grafton Street on Saturday afternoon.

In a statement, a Garda spokesperson said: “A man his 30s was arrested this morning, Tuesday, March 2 and is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 at Irishtown Garda Station.

“The investigation is ongoing.”

Three Gardaí were injured with one being transferred to hospital after the protest became violent with members of the force being targeted with “fireworks, missiles and spit.”

“Gardaí were forced to intervene,” the statement said.

23 persons have been arrested under the Public Order Legislation with one being arrested under the Offences against the State Act.

Garda commissioner Drew Harris said a “major investigation” is underway to “bring to justice those that have committed offences.”

“This was a protest that sits outside the normal behaviours of our society.

“These are not mainstream groups, the great majority of our society are compliant with the regulations and are living within these regulations in order to supress COVID-19.

“An Garda Síochána responded in a professional manner today which resulted in calm returning to the city centre.”

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