Garda Commissioner clarifies 'far left' remarks after Dublin protests
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has moved to clarify remarks he made in the wake of violent protests in Dublin yesterday that "far right and far left" factions were involved.
Twenty three people were arrested following the disturbance in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon. A garda was taken to hospital after being injured as protesters demonstrated against Covid-19 restrictions.
"I wish to clarify my remarks of Saturday evening in respect of the violent protest that took place on Saturday afternoon, 27 February 2021.
"The vast majority of those who took part belong to a number of factions including anti-vaccine, anti-mask and anti-lockdown protestors, far right groups, and those intent on trouble and disorder.
"Despite initial indications, following further investigation, there is no corroborated evidence of extreme left factions being involved."
An Garda Síochána regards "extreme left factions/groups” as those who are intent on using violence for political means.
Commissioner Harris added: "I also want to thank the public for the many messages of goodwill expressed towards members of An Garda Síochána who policed the protest and, in particular, towards those members who were injured.