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sam boal Rioting and a car on fire on Parnell Street in Dublin tonight

As it happened: Condemnation of Dublin riots as gardaí investigate earlier stabbing outside school

Investigators are satisfied there was no terror-related motive for the attack outside the school.

FIVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING three young children, were hospitalised after a suspected stabbing in Dublin city centre earlier today.

Rioting has since broken out in Dublin City centre, with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris condemning the ‘lunatic hooligan faction’

  • Fires have been set on buses and Luas carriages with all Dublin Bus and tram services cancelled 
  • Patients of the Rotunda Hospital – a maternity hospital – have been told not to travel to the hospital unless absolutely necessary
  • Looting has also taken place with windows of shops smashed in and Arnott’s broken into 
  • The initial attack happened as junior and senior infant children at Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire on Parnell Square East were preparing to go to a nearby after-school club at a creche
  • One of the children – a little girl – is receiving emergency medical treatment tonight
  • A boy and girl aged five and six received less serious injuries – the boy has since been discharged from hospital
  • A woman, who is believed to be a staff member at the creche, also sustained serious injuries in the incident
  • An adult male in his 50s who was injured is believed to be the attacker
  • Gardaí have described him as a person of interest and have said they are not looking for anyone else 
  • Garda Superintendent Liam Geraghty said that investigators were satisfied there was no terror-related activity

Reporting from Christine Bohan, Daragh Brophy, Niall O’Connor, Diarmuid Pepper, Mairead Maguire, Eimer McAuley and Nicky Ryan. 

Gardaí have said they are following a definite line of inquiry in the wake of this afternoon’s attack, which happened on a busy transit route at the top of O’Connell Street in Dublin. 

Five people have been hospitalised in a suspected stabbing near a school at Parnell Square East.

Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene. 

Two of the injured people – a woman and a little girl – have sustained serious injuries, An Gardaí Siochána said. 

The attack happened as the junior and senior infant children were being lined up to go to the creche for the after-school club that they usually have before they get picked up.

The Journal understands that the injured woman is a staff member from a local creche.

The two other children and an adult male are being treated for less serious injuries. 

The injured man is believed to be the attacker.

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, has said that gardaí are not looking for any other person in connection with the attack. 

The Journal spoke with one grandmother who had collected her five-year-old granddaughter from the school minutes before the incident happened.

“It’s her classmates. I’m just in shock. I just hope the kids are alright, and the teachers,” she said.

“They’re not letting us know anything. We’re hearing all different stories.

“The principal said he [the attacker] started slashing the knife like that… and at the kids. That’s all I know. I didn’t see it happen.”

A senior government source said that the incident is not believed to be terror-related.

Large numbers of parents of children from the school gathered at either end of the cordon this afternoon, anxiously looking for information about their children. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is being updated by Minister McEntee on the situation. 

“The facts in this matter are still emerging,” he said in a statement.

“The emergency services responded very quickly and were on site within minutes. I thank them for that.”

Parnell Square East is a busy transit route that runs through the north of Dublin City Centre and onto O’Connell Street.

The scene at the attack remained tense this evening, as people approach the garda cordon to shout at the assembled gardaí. 

“You should be f*cking ashamed of yourselves,” one man shouted.

“They’re not the worst, it’s the politicians,” another yelled. Another shouted Ashling Murphy’s name at gardaí. 

The Stardust inquest which was taking place in the nearby Rotunda Hospital, which is partly located on Parnell Square East, has been suspended until tomorrow due to the incident.

The coroner, Myra Cullinane, told the jury that a “very significant tragic event” had occured at the perimeter of the Rotunda grounds. 

Sinn Féin leader and local TD Mary Lou McDonald said in a statement she was “shocked and horrified” at the incident on Parnell Square.

She said her thoughts and prayers are with the families and with the staff in Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire.

She added:“I am horrified by the incident that has happened in Parnell Square today. There is shock throughout the community.

“I have just spoken to the Principal of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire and relayed my support to the school community.

“I want to send my solidarity to the families of those attacked. As a parent, I can only imagine what they are going through right now.

“The community in the north inner-city stands with them.

“I want to commend the Gardaí for the speed of their response.”

Mary Lou McDonald speaking to reporters at the scene this evening: 

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“The reaction is one of absolute shock, the community is numbered by this. This is an appalling event and people are horrified and children even witnessing this have been traumatised,” McDonald said in her comments.

“My heart goes out to them to the whole school community, children, parents, teachers.”

McDonald said that she believed the assailant was in custody.

“The Gardaí acted swiftly in this matter but this is the last thing any of us expected on a Thursday afternoon where children should come safely from school and collected by their parents.

“I only pray now that the injured make a full recovery and the assailant I understand is in custody and people will take some comfort from that but the community is stunned and horrified.”

Local Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon said in a statement that there were “no words to describe the devastation we are feeling” following the horrific knife attack. 

He added: 

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the emergency services who attended this afternoon’s distressing scene and the people who placed themselves in harm’s way to intervene.

“I will be asking the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner to keep the north inner city community updated on the progress of the investigation.

“It is vital that the full circumstances of what happened are known – and the perpetrator brought to justice.”

Speaking in Waterford this afternoon Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told reporters that a “full garda operation has swung into place” and confirmed that gardaí are seeking no one else in connection to the attack.

While he said the “motivation behind this incident will be very important in terms of the investigation” he added that it is “too early to say it’s either this or the other”.

Harris said he was “aware of speculation on social media” and said that “some of it is extremely unhelpful, to the point of being malicious”.

He also confirmed that members of the public tackled the perpetrator, saying:

“In effect, they grappled with this individual and that allowed gardaí on arrival to arrest this individual.”

Here are some images from our colleagues in of the Garda operation at the scene. Gardaí are continuing to maintain a strong presence in the area – they have deployed the public order unit along with uniform gardaí.

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Dublin Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste issued this statement: 

“On behalf of all the citizens of Dublin, I want to express my complete shock and sadness at the attack in Parnell Square today.

“To think that evil like this could happen, particularly to innocent children, is just devastating.

“The thoughts of our City are with the families involved this evening and, like everyone else, I am praying that these children and the adult involved will make a full recovery.

“I want to thank the brave members of the public who assisted at the scene, the emergency services who responded within minutes and the hospital staff who are caring for those attacked.”

Some recent tweets from our reporters close to the scene this evening: 

The latest statement from gardaí:


An Garda Síochána continue to investigate all the circumstances of a serious assault which occurred on Parnell Square East shortly after 1:30pm this afternoon Thursday, 23rd November 2023.

Preliminary indications are that a male attacked a number of people on Parnell Square East.

Five (5) casualties have been taken to hospitals in the Dublin Region.

These casualties include three (3) young children, an adult female and an adult male.

One girl aged 5 has sustained serious injuries and is currently receiving emergency medical treatment in CHI Temple Street.

A boy aged 5 and a girl aged 6 years, who received less serious injuries were brought to CHI Crumlin for treatment. The boy has since been discharged from CHI Crumlin.

An Garda Síochána is providing support to the children’s parents.

The adult female in her 30s is being treated for serious injuries at the Mater Hospital.

An adult male in his 50s is also being treated for serious injuries at a Hospital in the Dublin Region.

The scene remains sealed off at this time and a technical examination of the scene is ongoing.

An incident room has been established at Mountjoy Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed.

An Garda Síochána is following a definite line of inquiry. The male in his 50s is a person of interest in this investigation. An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other person at this time.

An Garda Síochána continues to have an open mind at this early stage of the investigation.

An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person with any information on this attack to contact investigating Gardaí. Investigating Gardaí are also appealing to any person who may have mobile phone footage of the attack or the immediate aftermath to make this footage available to An Garda Síochána.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mountjoy Garda Station 01 6668600 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

An Garda Síochána are not in a position to provide any further information at this early stage of the investigation.

Garda Briefing

Garda Superintendent Liam Geraghty said in a briefing with reporters that investigators were satisfied there was no terror-related activity and that the incident appeared to be a stand-alone attack. 

He said he was not in a position to confirm any connection between the perpetrator and any of the victims. 

Ministers Helen McEntee and Paschal Donohoe

Speaking to reporters in the past hours, Justice Minister Helen McEntee labelled the incident an “attack on innocence itself”.

She added that there is a “definite line of inquiry” and that her thoughts are with the entire school community.

McEntee said she is in “constant communication” with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to “make sure that the person responsible is brought to justice”.

Meanwhile, Minister Paschal Donohoe called it “the very darkest of days” for those involved.

Donohoe said it was also a “dark day for our country overall” and added that it is the “worst possible nightmare for all of us”.

He said he could “barely imagine the scene of trauma” of those who witnesses the attack and added that the “country is united”.

Donohoe also praised gardaí for their quick response to the incident and called on everyone to support the gardaí in their work.

Luas and Dublin Bus services

Following the attack, there has been disruptions to Dublin Bus and Luas services in the area.

There are no Green Line Luas services running between St Stephens Green to Dominick.

Meanwhile, Dublin Bus has the following diversions in place:

Southbound Routes: Buses cannot serve Parnell Square East, they are operating normal route to Frederick Street North, diverting via Denmark Street, Gardiner Street, Cathal Brugha Street, O’Connell Street and back on to normal route.

Northbound Routes: Significant delays is expected to northbound traffic on O’Connell Street throughout the evening.

Garda updates

Gardaí have applauded the brave members of the public who managed to subdue a man in his 50s who was wielding a knife, and caused serious injuries to two young girls aged 5 and 6, and a 5-year-old boy, as well as a woman in her thirties who was a creche staff member.

Superintendent Liam Geraghty said that the young girl, aged five, is in a serious condition and receiving “emergency medical treatment” at CHI Temple Street Hospital.

He voiced his thanks to the members of the public who intervened in the attack and said they got involved in a “traumatic and potentially very dangerous situation”.

Emergency services arrived on the scene within minutes, followed by Gardaí.

Geraghty said the person of interest – the man in his 50s – is receiving medical treatment at this time.

He is yet to be questioned and is the lone suspect in the case, and Gardaí are not seeking to speak with anyone else at this time.

Geraghty said that at this stage, there is no indication that this was a terror related attack.

“Indications are that this was a standalone incident, and we need to determine the reasons behind it, but we don’t believe it is related to anything else going on in the city or country,” he said.

He could not comment on the perpetrator’s nationality.

Geraghty said that Gardaí are in touch with the parents of the injured children, and children who witnessed the attack “and may be traumatised”.

On the scenes of unrest that are occurring near the scene of the attack on Parnell Square East and across the city tonight, Geraghty said: “We are aware that people are concerned about what has happened today.

“Our message is that this, we believe, was a standalone incident. It wasn’t connected to wider issues… we’d ask people not to jump to conclusions or make assumptions.”


There are scenes of unrest and protest close to the scene of the stabbing and a car appears to have been set alight. 

Garda update

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will deliver a second briefing to the media in the next few minutes.

We will bring you those remarks shortly.

Drew Harris comments

Harris appeals for any witnesses to come forward and describes it as a “full and major investigation”.

Said a young girl and women is “seriously injured”.

He adds that there are “disgraceful scenes” with a “lunatic” faction “driven by a far-right ideology”.

Harris says all resources will be deployed to deal with this and to police the streets.

Pleads with people not to listen to disinformation and rumour on social media. 

Garda vehicle damaged

Drew Harris confirms that a garda car has been damaged since the stabbing incident. 

He adds that the motive is unclear.


Drew Harris calls the protests “disgraceful” and pleads for them to go home and allow the gardaí to carry out their duties. 

“There is a hooligan faction who are only interested in causing damage and mayhem in the city centre.”


Harris says he hasn’t ruled out any motive and said he will keep an open eye as to why this has happened.

Adds there is a “strong possibility” someone else might be seriously injured with protests around Parnell Square.

Resources have been drawn in from neighbouring regions as a result.

Harris says these protests are “distracting from what is a very major crime”. 

Garda Commissioner on Dublin protests

“There’s disgraceful things in terms of a major investigation, the maintenance of a scene, the gathering of evidence, and we have a complete, lunatic hooligan faction driven by far-right ideology and also this destructive tendency here to engage in serious violence.

“We are drafting and resources to deal with that and that will be dealt with properly.

“I have given full direction to the resources in DMR in respect of making arrests on bring offenders to justice.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that we police the streets and part of that is we ask people to act responsibly, not to listen to the misinformation and rumour that is circulating on social media.

“The facts are being established, but the facts are still not clear and a lot of the rumour and innuendo is being spread for malevolent purposes.”

Damaged garda vehicles

When asked about damage to garda vehicles, Harris replies: “ I understand a number of Garda vehicles have been damaged, but in respect of arrests and injuries, I can’t give details at this moment.”

'Go home'

More from Harris on the protests: “We’ve got serious public order problems to deal with within the city tonight.

“Those things are disgraceful, and I wish people would calm down, go home, and allow us to conduct our duties and out investigations properly.

“Individuals are using this tragic, tragic event which are under investigation by the proper authorities, they’re using it to their own ends and then there’s frankly a hooligan faction who are only interested in causing damage and mayhem in the city centre and they’re using the opportunity for that as well.

“To those who are engages in disorder tonight, it’s our responsibility to bring them to justice.”

'Possibility someone else will be injured'

Drew Harris has also voiced concern that others will be injured as a result of the protests.

“There’s a strong possibility somebody else will be seriously injured as a result of this disorder.

“That is a consequence of engaging in violent disorder, other individuals will be injured.

“We have put in place in a policing and public order operation to deal with that and it is our responsibility to bring those individuals to justice.”

Fireworks and cars set alight

In video of the protests seen by The Journal, multiple fireworks can be heard being set off.

In another video, a car can be seen in flames and the street is full of people who have their faces hidden. 

Rioting in Dublin

A car pictured on fire in Parnell Street in Dublin.

Drew Harris has said he has given gardaí orders to make arrests.

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Videos of rioting in Dublin

Video obtained by The Journal show a vehicle on fire.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said gardaí will arrestt individuals taking part. 

Helen McEntee comment on rioting

Justice Minister Helen McEntee in the past few minutes has said “the scenes we are witnessing this evening in our city centre cannot and will not be tolerated”.

“A thuggish and manipulative element must not be allowed use an appalling tragedy to wreak havoc,” said Minister McEntee.

“We will not tolerate a small number using an appalling incident to spread division. I would appeal for calm in the city centre as An Garda Síochána carry out their work – attacks on members of An Garda Síochána must be utterly condemned and will be dealt with severely.

“I am meeting the Garda Commissioner this evening to discuss the policing plan in the city tonight.

“Most importantly, we must remember the real tragedy of today and allow the investigations take their course.”

Bus on fire

A bus is now on fire in Dublin, scenes that have been roundly condemned by the Garda Commissioner and Justice Minister.

More video of a bus on fire. There are also reports of looting taking place in the city centre.

Looting on O'Connell Street

Video taken from our reporter Nicky Ryan showing shops being broken into on O’Connell Street.

Riot police at the Spire

In another video from our reporter Nicky Ryan, riot police can be seen forming a line by the Spire.

Dublin Ambulance Service

Dublin Fire Brigade’s Ambulance Service has advised that is extremely busy and has asked for people to consider other treatment options as non life-threatening incidents will have substantial wait times. 

Riot police on O'Connell Street

Riot police on O’Connell Street are now charging at the large group of protesters that have taken over the area. 

All Luas services suspended

All Luas services have been suspended as a result of the rioting in Dublin. 

Dublin Fire Brigade applicance targeted

Video obtained by The Journal of a Dublin Fire Brigade appliance that was attacked this evening on Parnell street.


The Button Factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar has been evacuated and the gig that was due to take place there has been cancelled, amid concerns about safety as the riot continues into the evening.


Video on social media appears to show Arnotts being broken into by rioters.

Several other shops have bene looted throughout the evening. 

Public transport set alight

As well as images of buses being set alight, video on social media also show a Luas Tram with smashed windows and flames billowing inside.

All Luas services have been stopped while there are also changes to Dublin Bus services.

Luas Tram on fire

Video of a Luas tram on fire can now be seen below:

Rotunda Hospital

Patients are advised not to travel to the Rotunda Hospital “unless absolutely necessary”. 

Dublin Bus services cancelled

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has in the past few minutes confirmed that all Dublin Bus services are now cancelled. 


There were reports of the Defence Forces as having deployed vehicles on the streets of Dublin, but this has been confirmed to be false.

In a post on X, the Defence Forces say that image is not from today and has no connection to this evening’s events.

“We ask everyone to be sensitive to the spreading disinformation, and to take care.”

This is the image that had been circulating on social media, accumulating close to half a million views in less than two hours.


Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors statement

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has condemned the “violence and thuggish scenes” this evening in Dublin. 

AGSI General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham said: “We are seriously concerned for the safety of our members working in such violent, stressful and dangerous conditions.

“The scenes we are witnessing across social media are horrific and we are liaising with colleagues on the ground as these devastating events unfold.”

AGSI President Paul Curren said: “Tonight’s events have the potential to hinder the investigation of that incident and the safety of members.”

AGSI has also extended the sympathies of the Association to the victims and community affected by today’s incident.

Arnotts staff

The Journal understands that a significant number of workers are trapped inside Arnotts and cannot leave.

People were seen breaking into it earlier. 

Public Order Units

Images from Gardaí of public order units on the street.

Gardaí are advising the public to avoid the North City Centre at this time.


The aftermath of some of the looting that has been seen this evening, from our reporter Eimer McAuley. 

Rotunda Hospital update

In a statement in the past few minutes, management at the Rotunda Maternity Hospital have reminded all patients that the hospital is fully operational and providing the normal out of hours services.

They have advised patients that should they need urgent medical attention, they should present to the hospital as normal, while taking the “appropriate personal security precautions”.

Labour leader Ivana Bacik

In a statement in the past few minutes, Labour leader Ivana Bacik said “nothing can convey in strong enough terms how much we all are sending strength and hope for a full recovery to those who have been attacked.”

“Every parent is holding their children close tonight, and thinking of those parents who are enduring the worst times any of us can imagine,” said Bacik.

She added: “Violence is no answer to the horror which has taken place.

“We all feel sadness today – and anger. But it is time to go home, or to somewhere safe.

“Fringe elements in Ireland have sought to turn a tragedy into an opportunity.

“They have fomented violence that has destroyed public property, injured gardaí and made thousands of residents of this city fearfully.

“In our capital city tonight, ordinary workers – bus and Luas drivers, shop assistants, those trying to get home after a days work have had to endure terrifying scenes.”

She also thanked gardaí for their service tonight and “for preserving a crime scene and standing up to that violence”.

President Michael D Higgins

In a statement in the past few minutes, President Michael D Higgins said “all our thoughts are with each of the children and their families affected by today’s horrific attack outside Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire”.

He added: “We are particularly thinking of the 5 year old girl and the member of staff caring for her who are both in serious condition in hospital.

“All of our prayers are with each of them for a full recovery.”

He also said that “gardaí deserve all of our support in dealing with this incident”.

“This appalling incident is a matter for the Gardaí and that it would be used or abused by groups with an agenda that attacks the principle of social inclusion is reprehensible and deserves condemnation by all those who believe in the rule of law and democracy.”

City centre closures

Many venues in Dublin City centre are closing or closed due to the rioting.

Pantibar and Pennylane are among those venues.

Minister Peter Burke comments

Peter Burke has told RTÉ’s Prime Time that the situation regarding rioting developed “quickly” and described the scenes as “thuggery”. 

“To see gardaí being attacked in this manner is reprehensible.”

He notes that there is now toughter sentencing on those who attack emergency services such as gardaí. 

'Don't represent north inner city'

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy tells RTÉ’s Prime Time that the rioters do not represent the people of north inner city Dublin. 

He adds that the rioters need to be held to account and said their actions are “unjustifiable”. 

Tara Street Station closed

Tara St Station is currently closed due to rioting in the city area.

DART and Commuter trains are operating, but will not call at Tara Street.

Commuters should use Connolly or Pearse Stations for travel to/from city centre.

Helen McEntee comments

Speaking to RTÉ’s Prime Time, Justice Minister Helen McEntee describes the rioters as “criminal and thugs” who will be “put into prison”. 

She adds that a group with an “intention to wreak havoc” descended on the city.

McEntee said gardaí are putting themselves in harms way to protect the city.

Helen McEntee

The Justice Minister says there are “significant teams” on the ground but that “they can only do so much” when people set buses on fire.

“They are criminals and we are united in our response to this and our support for gardaí.”

McEntee, when asked if the streets of Dublin are safe, said this is about a “mob” and not about general safety. 

Garda Representative Association comments

Brendan O’Conner, president of the GRA, praised gardaí from “all over the country” who came to Dublin “in very difficult circumstances to restore order”.

He tells RTÉ’s Prime Time that tonight isn’t the night for talking about garda resources, though this is something members regularly brought up in the past months. 

Images of the rioting

A car burns on Parnell Street as members of the Garda Public Order Unit set up cordons on O’Connell Street and Parnell Street in Dublin tonight.

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Lord Mayor of Dublin

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daniel de Róiste tells Prime Time “there is not a household whose heart is not breaking” for the families of the victims of today’s stabbing. 

He adds that “Dublin is on fire, Dublin is burning” when discussing riots in the city.

“The same guards on the scene so quickly arresting the attacker, they are now the ones being attacked.”

Bus services

The National Bus and Rail Union has issued an instruction for all buses to withdraw from service with immediate effect.

The general secretary of the NBRU Dermot O’Leary said: “Frontline Transport workers Health & Safety is first priority.

“Appalling violence being perpuated by our so-called fellow citizens. All their doing is bring shame on our country.”

Justice Minister's comments

More from Justice Minister Helen McEntee, who was speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time.

“We are experiencing a small group of people who do not represent the vast majority of people in this country, who are using this appalling act to wreak havoc and to sow division,

“These people have come into our city centre with the sole objective of wreaking havoc this evening.

“They’re thugs, they’re criminals and that is exactly how they will be treated.

“The gardaí are responding with full force, they’re using every means available to them to bring these people to justice.

“There have been many arrests and there will continue to be arrests tonight and these people need to be treated as the thugs and criminals that they are.”

'Using a horrific attack for their own benefit'

More from Justice Minister Helen McEntee on RTÉ’s Prime Time, saying that the rioters have “used a horrific attack on innocent children for their own gain”.

“This is not a large faction of our society,” said McEntee.

“This is not about immigration, this is not about the young children who are in hospital this evening.

“These are criminals, these are thugs who have come into our city centre and have used a horrific attack on innocent children this evening for their own gain and benefit.

“These people will be treated with the full force of the law, they will be arrested and be put in prison and that’s exactly where they should be.”

'Not representing any conversation around immigration'

Minister McEntee adds that the rioters are “not representing any conversation around immirgration”.

“These people are criminals. They are not representing any conversation around immigration,” said McEntee.

“There is always time for debate, for discussion.

“But we are united. I’ve spoken with not just the party leaders in government, I’ve spoken with all TDs on the ground in the city centre.

“We are all united in our response to this, but we’re also all united in our support for gardaí and the really difficult work that they are doing on the ground tonight.”

When asked if she thinks the streets of Dublin are safe, McEntee said: “This is not about the streets being safe.

“This is a mob of people who are criminals and thugs.

“This has nothing to do with us. These are people who have come into our city centre, who are criminals, and will be treated as such. This is not about general safety.”


Gardaí earlier requested patrons from the 3Arena not to return to the City Centre due to rioting.

Drivers were requested to use the Dublin Tunnel by gardaí.

In the past few minutes, the 3Arena said the venue will stay open after tonight’s show to facilitate pick up of patrons.

Gardaí are requesting patrons from the @3ArenaDublin not to return to Dublin City Centre this evening after tonight's event. @Luas is not serving the @3ArenaDublin this evening. Drivers are requested to utilise @DublinTunnel

Tomorrow's public transport

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan tonight appealed for calm and denounced the rioting that has erupted in Dublin City following the stabbing incident on Parnell Square. 

He noted that the “significant public disorder has resulted in severe disruption to public transport in the city centre”.

He advised: “For up to date information on public transport services tomorrow, people are advised to check with their transport operator before travelling.”

Abbey Street and Mary Street

Gardaí now blocking access from Abbey Street and Mary Street, some with their batons drawn. 


National mental health charity Turn2Me has tripled the number of free counselling sessions available to the public this weekend, following the riots in Dublin.

The charity said that many people who witnessed the riots will be “very shaken” and “anxious”.

Fiona O’Malley, CEO of Turn2Me, said: “Many people who saw the news coverage of the looting, the burning cars, burning buses or the assaults on the Gardaí will be very shaken and experiencing high levels of anxiety, particularly if they live in close proximity to the rioting. 

“Watching violence of any sort can be very distressing, particularly if you work or live close to it. It can make you feel unsafe and anxious.

“We have psychotherapists working over the weekend and next week, who will be able to help members of the public with their levels of anxiety.”

Turn2Me added that anyone who feels on edge, nervous or anxious after witnessing the riots in person or on the news can access its free, professional mental health services on

Rioting images

Some more images of the rioting which has been taking place throughout Dublin.

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Bus Éireann

Some changes have been made to Bus Éireann routes due to the rioting.

Both Inbound and Outbound journeys will now commence and terminate at the following locations

  • 101, 109A & Expressway Services 2, 4, 22, 23, 30, 32 & 100X at Dublin Airport
  • 103, 111, 109, 109X & NX at Phibsborough (Peters Church / Harts Corner)
  • 115 at stop 135401 Hueston Station
  • 133 at stop 760 Donnybrook Church
Six buses burned out

Dermot O’Leary, general secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union, has told NewsTalk that six buses were set alight tonight.

He said Dublin is “akin to a warzone tonight”. 

Dublin Bus driver assault

Demot O’Leary adds to NewsTalk that a Dublin Bus driver was pulled from a bus and punched and his bus set alight “for the crime of not being white”.

“I never again want to see these scenes.”

He also notes that there are people stuck in the city who can’t get home tonight. 

Streets now mainly calm

Gardaí say the streets are “now mainly calm” but add that “Gardaí continue to patrol and monitor the situation”.

Trinity College

Trinity College has issued a statement saying that the college’s gates “remained closed at the moment”.

The statement adds: “We are preparing for students and staff to remain on campus overnight if the need arises.

“Temporary bedding is being organised.”

The statement also noted that students “will not be negatively impacted if they are delayed arriving to lectures tomorrow as a result of this evening’s events”. 

'No serious injuries reported' during rioting, say gardaí

Dublin City centre is now “calm and returning to normal”.

In a video message in the past few minutes on X, Chief Superintendent Patrick McMenamin added that there have been “no serious injuries reported” to the public or to gardaí. 

McMenamin said the violence “was gratutious and ugly” and said at its height, 400 gardaí responded to the incident.

He said gardaí remain on the street and continue to monitor the situation.

He added that the thoughts of An Garda Síochána are with the victims of today’s stabbing incidents. 

Statement of Chief Superintendent Patrick McMenamin on serious public disorder in Dublin City Centre, Thursday 23rd November 2023

— Garda Info (@gardainfo) November 23, 2023

Luas Fire

Firefighters from Phibsborough fire station have now extinguished a Luas tram fire on O’Connell Street.

Dublin Fire Brigade adds that they are working closely with emergency services throughout the city tonight.

Dublin Bus remains out of service

Dublin Bus has advised that there will be no services throughout the night.

In a statement in the past few minutes, Dublin Bus said: “We are working to ensure the safe return of buses and employees to each of our depots to prepare for services tomorrow.

“Dublin Bus will be taking advice from An Garda Síochána about the situation in the city centre before operating services.”

With gardaí announcing that Dublin City centre is now “calm and returning to normal”, we are going to finish our liveblog for tonight.

We’ll see you tomorrow as we begin to make sense of and reflect on the unprecedented scenes witnessed in Dublin tonight following today’s tragic stabbing incidents in Parnell Square. 

Author team