Nine people, including two juveniles, have been arrested following a series of public order offences in Cork last night.
Gardaí approached a group of youths in the city centre, who were suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs.
During the intervention, one male was arrested after running from gardaí. This incident has been circulated widely on social media.
A quantity of suspected cocaine was recovered and one garda received minor facial injuries during the incident.
More arrests were carried out as a result of a small number of other related minor public order incidents.
Gardaí said that four of the men have been released pending the completion of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
One male has been charged with public order offences. Another will be cautioned, while two juvenile males will be processed through the Juvenile Diversion Programme.
As part of our increased patrols, particularly in relation to large groups gathering in open spaces, we have made a number arrests for public order offences in Cork city centre tonight. pic.twitter.com/RdfegYQ7B5— Garda Info (@gardainfo) November 21, 2020
Gardaí said that there were large numbers of people in Cork city centre yesterday evening between 5pm and 9pm.
They said that most people present were part of family groups and that they were "overwhelmingly compliant" with public health guidelines.
Gardaí also said that across the country they are observing significant compliance by members of the public with public health regulations and guidelines.