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Twenty people in court over protests during royal visit to Dublin

Gardaí are prepared for further disruptions by demonstrators today, as the British monarch begins the second day of her state visit to Ireland.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

TWENTY PEOPLE appeared at a special sitting of Cloverhill District Court last night, following yesterday’s clashes between royal visit protesters and gardaí in Dublin city centre. An ‘improvised firearm’ was removed from Blessington street in Dublin last night.

The 20 men were charged with public order offences relating to at least three separate incidents in the city. Another person who was arrested with the 20 was released without charge yesterday evening after being cautioned by gardaí.

Meanwhile, gardaí expect further attempts to cause disruption today, but told TheJournal.ie that they have not been notified of any planned protests in Dublin city.

Yesterday, the Defence Forces’ team declared suspect devices found on at the Blackhorse Luas stop and Fairview in Dublin as hoaxes. Gardaí said this morning that the Army Bomb Disposal Team was later called out to a suspicious device on the N7, which was also declared a hoax.

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