A MAJOR garda operation is being planned to police Dublin city centre on Budget day to prevent a repeat of the violent clashes during street protests last month.
A large force of uniformed gardai is being deployed to ensure that the expected demonstrations are peaceful and do not interfere with the traffic flow through the capital on Tuesday.
However, if violence erupts, reinforcements, including two public order units, will be brought in.
Gardai said last night they were hoping to maintain a low-profile to facilitate legitimate protests about austerity around the Dail. Gardai fear that dissident republican groups may again attempt to infiltrate the protests.
The recently emerged Irish Republican Voice group has already called on demonstrators to block O'Connell bridge and both north and south quays with a 12-hour sit-down camp, starting from 9am.
The group said in a statement they intended to bring the city "to a standstill" in protest against austerity.
The Irish Republican Voice, as well as the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, Republican Sinn Fein and eirigi were all represented at the demonstrations on the opening of the new Dail term last September when up to 600 people held protests around Leinster Street.
But more than a hundred people subsequently broke away from the main group and clashed with the gardai there and also at O'Connell bridge, where their demonstration blocked traffic.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar described the protesters, who blocked traffic, as a disgrace and claimed that some elements were "hell bent" on causing trouble for gardai.
"People have a right to protest but they should do so responsibly and peacefully," he said.