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Riot squad deployed outside Dáil after Garda injured

Protesters have also blocked O’Connell Bridge after breaking away from the main demonstration — causing traffic gridlock.

THERE’S A LARGE Garda presence on Kildare Street this evening —- with the Public Order Unit deployed, amid tense scenes.

Officers have been maintaining a heavy presence in front of a barrier at the bottom of Kildare Street, with crowds, some carrying Eirigi flags, gathered on Nassau Street since lunchtime.

Gardaí are also filming the protesters

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An officer was injured on the street earlier this afternoon — receiving facial injuries.

A spokesman confirmed the incident, but had no further information on the extent of those injuries.

He’s being treated in hospital.

Separately, a group of protesters have blocked off O’Connell Bridge.

There’s traffic gridlock in the entire area — and motorists are being told to avoid the quays entirely.

Protesters have also been attempting to use barriers to block traffic further east, at Liberty Hall.

Source: Independence Live

Additional reporting, Hugh O’Connell on Kildare St.

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