Gardaí have said a significant volume of misinformation and disinformation has been circulated in relation to an investigation into an alleged assault on a woman in Finglas in Dublin last week.

The incident is alleged to have taken place near Cappagh Road during the early hours of last Friday morning.

Gardaí are looking to speak to a taxi driver who picked up a fare from a white man and white woman at around 1.30am that morning.

Both passengers were driven from a location in Dublin's south inner city and taken to Cappagh Road in Finglas.

The taxi is believed to have travelled to Finglas via the industrial estate in Ballycoolin.

Misinformation and disinformation has been circulated on social media and has led to people protesting at Finglas Garda Station alleging without evidence that migrants were involved.

Gardaí stressed today the passengers in the taxi are described as being a white woman, aged in her 20s and a white man, also aged in his 20s.

They say they are following a "definite line of inquiry" and have issued descriptions of the passengers.

The woman had blonde hair and was wearing high boots, a pink blazer and a black jacket.

The man was of average height and build. He was wearing a red top with blue jeans.

The taxi driver or anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to come forward and contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

No arrests have been made and gardaí say they are not looking for anyone else at this time.

Body cams will help gardaí to work safely - Harris

The Minister for Justice has introduced proposed legislation to allow for the wearing of body cameras by gardaí.

Simon Harris told the Dail that the technology would help members of the force to do their job safely.

He said that he "condemns in the strongest possible terms all recent attacks" on gardaí, and the Government "must" and "will" do all it can to prevent such incidents.

Some people are trying to sow division and trying to intimate members of the force, Mr Harris added, and this cannot be tolerated.

The minister said the introduction of body cams would ensure that gardaí are able to gather evidence of such "thuggish" behaviour and secure convictions.

The Garda Representative Association said that disinformation was being used to stoke fear within communities, leading to an increase in attacks on its members.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties said that it would be in favour of body cams if they improve the behaviour of both the public and gardaí.

However, its Executive Director Liam Herrick said the results from countries where they have been in use for a number of years - such as the United States and the UK - are not convincing.

Mr Herrick told RTÉ's Six One that a pilot programme should be introduced at first to "test to see if it delivers results before we invest so much resources and roll it out across the country".