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WATCH: Mayhem on South William Street as “outdoor summer” starts badly 

There were chaotic scenes on South William Street in Dublin city centre last night as large crowds of mostly young people gathered to socialise at the beginning of a sunny bank holiday weekend.  

RTÉ reported that a number of people were arrested and missiles were thrown at Gardai after a number of public order incidents in the city centre.

Some commenters immediately disagreed with RTÉ’s reporting, and said that the Gardai had used excessive force against young people who had very little options for places to go in a long lockdown.


People posted videos of the Gardai acting to disperse the crowd.


However, the Garda press office said that “whilst interacting with a specific group at South William street, glass bottles and other missiles were thrown at Gardai.”

Others said all sides were over-reacting, and said everyone needed to calm down

And some saw humour in the whole situation..

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