Armed gardaí on streets of Cork following public order concerns
The message was circulated on social media advising people to gather outside McDonald’s on Winthrop St, off St Patrick’s St, at 5.30pm. One eyewitness on St Patrick’s St said a group of youths had begun kicking bins and screaming. Calm was restored to the city centre within an hour as gardaí continued to patrol the streets. Cork City Labour councillor John Maher called for all those involved in the suspected pre-planned incident in Cork to face the full weight of the law. On the other hand, the Cork City Garda Division has 576 gardaí for 246,282 people, a ratio of one garda to 427 people.