ASSOCIATES of murdered Real IRA boss Alan Ryan have boasted about their role in the chaotic protests that brought Dublin centre to a standstill.
Senior gardai are compiling profiles of all individuals who became engaged in “unruly and unacceptable behaviour” on the streets of the capital.
While the majority of people engaged in a peaceful protest, a cohort of individuals taunted officers, blocked traffic and attempted to break down barricades outside Leinster House.
Groups of demonstrators then travelled to O'Connell Bridge and blocked traffic during rush hour.
Among those involved in the demonstrations were supporters of the murdered gang boss Alan Ryan.
Dissident republicans opted not to carry flags promoting the political wing of the Real IRA, the County Sovereign Movement.
However a number of Ryan's associates have been identified as being among those who attempted to hijack a peaceful protest outside the Dail.
In messages online, associates of Ryan boasted about their role in their protests.
“The Dublin 32csm were proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with there [sic] fellow Irish men and women on the protest outside Leinster house leading to O'Connell Street today,” a message on the group’s official Facebook page said.
“Even though there was no flags flying the 32csm made our presence known and broke through barriers and felt the full brutality of the free state police first hand.
“The protest was a major success with it leading down to O'Connell Bridge were protesters blocked the roads at O'Connell bridge and successfully bringing the city centre to a stand still for three hours.
“There were people hospitalised and arrested by the heavy-handed free state police and the Dublin 32csm would like to wish them our solidarity.”
Several people involved in the demonstrations have already been identified and future arrests are likely, gardai have said.
“Some of the behaviour was outrageous,” a senior Garda source said.
A 55-year-old woman was one of three people arrested and she is due to appear in court on October 7.
Two men arrested, aged 23 and 43, have been released without charge.