'Riot squad' now permanently patrolling north inner city
Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30
The Garda 'Riot Squad' is being deployed in Dublin's north inner city on a permanent basis following a spate of violent attacks and robberies.
It has emerged that officers attached to the DMR North Central Public Order Unit are being deployed seven days a week to deal with public order and assault-related offences.
The decision was made by senior management following a number of violent incidents in north inner city Dublin, the latest of which saw two gardaí hospitalised after being attacked by a gang of youths.
Both gardaí - a male and a female - were left with facial injuries and fractured bones after being attacked by five teenagers. The incident occurred in the Stoneybatter area last week with the Garda Representative Association condemning the "brutal and unprovoked" attack.
The gardaí, one of whom is due to get married next month, are understood to have been left shaken by the incident.
The Public Order Unit had been deployed four nights a week following the violent robbery of two Italian nationals, during which a woman in her 20s was thrown into the River Liffey.
Armed gardaí are already conducting Operation Hybrid patrols as part of the ongoing gangland feud in the capital. Despite the nightly patrols being conducted by the Public Order Unit, sources stated that there were concerns over resources being made available.
"They don't seem to know where they will get the numbers from," a source said. "Gardaí work the unit normally on their days off, and although there is overtime allocated, it's a large [quantity] of manpower to fill."
In total there are approximately 60 officers attached to the DMR North Central Public Order Unit, with one Garda Sergeant as well as six officers making up a single unit.
A similar unit has been operating on a permanent basis in the south inner city for the last number of years, in the heavily visited areas of Temple Bar and surrounding streets.
A particular area of concern for gardaí has been activity around a north inner city pub, with the 'Riot Squad' being called to the premises on a near-nightly basis.