Violence broke out in Dublin this afternoon following republican protests over the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland.
Gardaí said 21 arrests were made for alleged public order offences.
About 100 people attacked gardaí at the junction of Dorset Street, Eccles Street and Hardwicke Street with rocks and bricks. A number of fires were lit, and there were running battles with gardaí.
Protesters from Republican Sinn Féin and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement originally held a demonstration at North Frederick Street, adjacent to the Garden of Remembrance before the gardaí began pushing them back towards the Dorset Street junction.
They were joined by onlookers who began burning bags of rubbish and taking bricks from building sites close by to throw at uniformed gardaí and members of the riot squad.
The junction, which was originally open to traffic, was closed. A number of cars and coaches were caught up in the clashes.
Earlier, a crowd of around 30 supporters of the socialist republican group Éirigí gathered at the Spire on O’Connell Street to stage a protest. They sat in the northbound carriageway of O'Connell Street and chanted slogans and beat bodhrans while some of the protesters set fire to a union flag.
They were surrounded by gardaí, who prevented others from joining the protest.
Soon afterwards, a crowd of about 100 people approached the Spire from Henry Street, to be met by ranks of uniformed gardaí, who forced them back using crowd control barriers.
They retreated down Henry Street where they were joined by the group from the Spire and the crowd moved to Moore Street for a rally. The crowd was addressed by speakers from Éirígí before making its way up Moore Street towards Parnell Street.
About 200 people staged a sit-down protest at the junction of Parnell Street and Parnell Square. A Garda spokesman said a number of people were arrested for public order offences and were taken to Store Street Garda station.
Seperately, Sinn Féin released hundreds of black balloons into the air as the Queen laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance this afternoon.
Quite a few streets in central London were blocked off for around 5 hours yesterday as well, causing huge traffic problems,as a coded IRA bomb warning had been received.
When will people realise that violence is never the answer?
Is Sinn Fein going to start up again? Is it the economy? What's going on?
Did you meet with the president yet, Irish?
It is hard to reconcile the events of the past, the actions of the present and work towards reconciliation and peace. I am as critical as anyone of the situation of Ireland due to the English - but meeting such formal marks of reconciliation with violence says more about the retarded mindset of the protestors than the past.
As an English Person living in Ireland, it is almost unbelievable that lot of Irish people can not move on. It seems that the visit of the queen, has promoted some peace.
English people love Irish people on the whole, they really do, but the deep seated hatred for anything English, by Irish people is just a huge joke...... They fill up the heads of all the Africans as well that are in school, saying how bad the English are.
It is only when you leave England, you realise just what you had living there. Especially the health service.
The people actively prepared to protest against the Queen's visit, and the people prepared to use violence to achieve their political ends, and a TINY minority in Ireland. The island has a population of nearly 6 million people. How many turned out to oppose the queen's visit? Barely a hundred. Jedward's arrival in Dublin airport got a bigger turnout!
I don't personally believe in the concept of royalty but I was still really pleased to see the visit because I think it helps to deepen the peace in Northern Ireland. If England and Ireland are friendly neighbours it can only be a good thing ...
cheers Marie lets bury the hatchet. I was wondering why this Irish guy posted something so negative about Ireland, when there is so much positivity about.
maybe some of the people in Ireland just want the rest of their country back
by dub18 years ago
thanks mr dub1 but if i want to go to uk what is it giong to take me ok
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