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Man avoids prison over Queen visit violence

A man who threw rocks, glass bottles and a bike at riot police and a riot van during Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland has been spared jail.

Mark Griffin (26) of North Strand Road, Dublin took part in protests that turned violent towards public order gardai while the Queen and Prince Philip were visiting the Garden of Remembrance.


Missiles, including fireworks and bottles were thrown at gardaĆ­.

At one stage, Griffin helped push a wheelie bin that had been set alight up against the line of shielded riot officers.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder on Dorset Street Upper on May 17, 2011.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring suspended a sentence of two and a half years on condition that Griffin keeps the peace.