The Taoiseach has said he believes the rioting in Dublin on Saturday was organised by a small group of agitators.

Speaking tonight in Dublin, Bertie Ahern said he had full confidence in the way gardaí handled the disturbances. He said that the violence was a great pity but that he did not believe it would do lasting damage to the peace process.    

This afternoon, the Northern Secretary said he believed Saturday's violence in Dublin was a bad one-off event rather than some pattern for the future.

Peter Hain said he would not let the weekend trouble deflect him from seeking to successfully conclude political negotiations in Northern Ireland.

The DUP's deputy leader, Peter Robinson, has indicated he does not believe the postponed rally should be restaged in Dublin.

Garda report

A Garda report into the riots, to be received by Justice Minister Michael McDowell, will be brought to Cabinet tomorrow morning.

Mr McDowell has already said that he expects further arrests to be made in relation to the garda investigation this week.

Gardaí have been studying closed circuit television footage from across the capital, which contains images of rioting and looting. 42 people were arrested and gardaí expect to make further arrests in the coming days.

Earlier today, the union representing rank and file gardaí called for an independent investigation into the contingency plans that were put in place by gardaí at senior management level for the loyalist march.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland, the President of the Garda Representative Association, Dermot O'Donnell, said his members wanted the matter referred to the Health and Safety Authority.

Mr O'Donnell said he would contact the authority to ask it to investigate if the lives of gardaí were put in danger, adding that he believed there was not enough gardaí on the streets of Dublin on the day.

No advance warning: McHugh

The gardaí have defended the force's handling of the Love Ulster parade and say they had no advance knowledge that protests on that scale were planned.

Speaking yesterday, the Assistant Garda Commissioner, Al McHugh, said intelligence did not indicate there would be violence on such a scale.

Mr McDowell said he accepted that gardaí had no advance knowledge that rioting was planned.

He added there would not be a public inquiry, but said the force needed to learn from what had happened.

Retailers in Dublin city centre estimate the riots will result in them losing millions of euro.

A number of shops and offices were damaged and looted during the violent protests.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has condemned the riots.

Dr Martin said there was something frightening in seeing organised violence on our streets.