Drunken revellers on prowl
THERE was a large garda presence on the streets of the capital last night as officers sought to blunt the edge of St Patrick's Day revelries.
Gangs of drunken youths roamed through the city, as minor scuffles broke out on the streets late into the evening.
One source said garda stations around Dublin were "full" of drunken revellers.
But gardai in Ballymun had reported just two arrests for drunk and disorderly behaviour at 9pm yesterday.
Finglas locals were on edge, fearful of a repeat of last year's rioting when 12 arrests were made by the garda riot squad.
In Cork, gardai were called to Winthrop Street where a group of up to 40 youths were creating a disturbance. It is understood, however, that no arrests were made.
In Galway, gardai reported that more than 20 people were arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael is tabling legislation which would give added legal protection to taxi and bus drivers to shield them from drunken attacks.