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Be careful, the Gardaí have been practising

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The last time the Garda Public Order Unit was deployed in Dublin

Anyone considering attending tonight's protest at the Dáil should be aware that the Public Order Unit (riot squad) will also be present. They are fresh from a "refresher course" in dealing with protest marches.

They have been working hard over in Corrib, protecting the investment of Royal Dutch Shell, at great expense to the Irish tax-payer, and the skulls of protesters. It seems fairly clear that a similar zero-tolerance approach will be taken here as in the less-visible West.

Gardaí train in secret for riots - Irish Independent
Jerome Reilly - Sunday, May 16, 2010

Less than 24 hours after the mini-riot outside the Dail, plumes of smoke from petrol bombs could be seen above north Dublin as the Garda's Public Order Unit underwent specialist training.

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The training included running a gauntlet of petrol bombs while in full riot gear, as well as baton charges and defensive manoeuvres.

The Sunday Independent has learned that the Public Order Unit, popularly known as the riot squad, will be on standby as thousands of protesters are expected to converge on the Dáil in a protest organised by the Right to Work campaign this Tuesday.

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"The Public Order Unit has mostly been used in recent times at the Shell to Sea Corrib Gas protests in Co. Mayo. Refresher courses are held on a fairly regular basis," he said.

No doubt they have learnt a few new tricks during their time in the West.

One Comment

  1. Steve wrote:

    "They have been working hard over in Corrib, protecting the investment of Royal Dutch Shell, at great expense to the Irish tax-payer, and the skulls of protesters."

    Glad to hear they're intent on protecting skulls!

    Friday, May 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

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