11 arrested at planned protest outside Dublin courts for 'persistent lack of compliance' with Covid rules
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11 arrested at planned protest outside Dublin courts for 'persistent lack of compliance' with Covid rules

A NUMBER of people have been arrested at a protest outside the Four Courts in Dublin for ignoring Gardaí and persisting in breaking Public Health Regulations.

An Garda Síochána have confirmed that 11 people were arrested at a planned protest yesterday, 20 January, outside the Four Courts in Dublin, after a "persistent lack of compliance" from those present.

The protest began at approximately 9.45am in Dublin 7, where a group of demonstrators gathered on Inn's Quay.

Gardaí engaged with the protesters using the 'graduated policing response' to support the Public Health Regulations implemented to slow the spread of Covid-19: engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.

In a statement, Gardaí said that following a consistent lack of compliance, Public Order Personnel supported uniformed Gardaí to request the names and addresses from the protesters and 11 people who refused to give their details were arrested.

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One man who further refused to provide his name and address once arrested was charged and and later appeared before the District Court; he was remanded in custody and will appear in Cloverhill District Court again today.

Three men and one woman were charged with offences and released on station bail, one man and four women were issued with Fixed Payment Notices, and one man has been released as Gardaí prepare a file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The five women and six men were arrested under section 31(a) The Health Act 1947 and transported to Bridewell, Pearse Street, Kevin Street and Store Street Garda Stations.