Man arrested over firing firework at Gardaí during Dublin protest

by Kim O Leary
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A man aged in his 30s has been arrested in relation to a firework attack on gardaí at a protest in Dublin on Saturday.

He was arrested this morning under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The man is currently being held in Irishtown Garda Station, where he can be detained for up to three days.

He is the 24th person who has been arrested in connection with the protest, with 13 people having appeared in court during a special sitting on Saturday evening.

Gardaí had been searching for a man following an incident during the violent protests in the capital on Saturday during which a “rocket cannon” firework was fired in the direction of officers on Grafton Street.

The firework can shoot up to eight missiles.

The footage of the incident was widely shared on social media.

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

“The investigation is ongoing.”

A house in south Dublin was searched yesterday as part of a criminal investigation and items including fireworks were removed.

Fireworks are illegal under current legislation.

Gardaí had put in place a policing operation for the illegal gathering on Saturday. 

Over 100 gardaí were on duty for the event and three were injured.

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