Gardai have arrested ten teenagers as part of a major investigation into a violent street gang who have been savagely attacking people in Dublin city centre during the summer months.
Seventy gardai were involved in the dawn operation at locations as diverse as Drogheda, Co Louth to Saggart in south Dublin, as well as the south and north inner city and Kimmage.
The arrested teenagers are suspected of being part of a "feral gang" linked to 15 separate incidents of serious assaults and thefts in Dame Street, Christchurch and Temple Bar.
Sources have described some of the attacks as "blatantly racist and homophobic" and say that the gang have been active from June until last week.
"The violence used in some of these incidents was absolutely sickening," a senior source said.
Among the ten arrested youths are three females, two of whom are under 18.
It is understood that the role some of the girls in the gang played is "even more violent" than the young men involved, one of whom is just 14.
The detailed investigation is being led by Pearse Street gardai who have established that the gang often met each other at the Central Bank area before going on their various crime sprees, which included attacking people with broken bottles.