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More Than 30 Arrests After Night of Disorder. 12 Years of Jail Time is Possible, Justice Minister Says

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McEntee said there would be a very strong gardaí presence in Dublin after the violent scenes that took place on Thursday after a knife attack outside a school and she told RTÉ, “A number were intent on causing nothing but havoc, on looting, on rioting and causing disruption and they will be dealt with appropriately.

Justice minister says, “200 people wreaked havoc.”

“Thirty-four people have been arrested. They will, for the most part, be before the court today. There are thousands of hours of CCTV footage that gardaí will go through. Many didn’t cover their faces: that CCTV will be gone through, and they will be apprehended, and they will be brought before the courts as well.

“We have very, very strong legislation: up to 10 years in prison with up to 12 years as well for someone who assaulted a member of An Garda Síochána.”

Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has just finished holding a press conference. He said the rioting stemmed from hate, not patriotism and that the rioters brought "shame on Dublin, shame on Ireland, as well as on themselves and their families.”

The violence was not reflective of the Irish people, he says.

The rioters “are responsible for their own individual actions,” he says. Varadkar continues: "I don't care what their background is...I don't care who their apologists are. They're to blame."

"Ireland is a country like any other; we're not immune to violence that other cities around the world have seen". Varadkar says, Dublin “is safe.”

"Ireland is a great country formed by migration in both directions," he says.

Adrian Weckler, The Irish and Sunday Independent's tech editor, was on the streets of Dublin on Thursday night and tells BBC News NI, "I am a little bit shocked, because in decades of living in Dublin, I have never seen anything like this.”

"There were parts of Dublin that seemed to be literally on fire," he adds.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said 34 people had been arrested and “many more arrests will follow”.

Edited by: Vicky Muzio

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