A man in his 20s arrested in Co Tipperary during an incident at a site intended for Ukrainian refugees

A man in his 20s has been arrested following an incident near a site for Ukrainian refugees in Co Tipperary.

The man was arrested at what gardai described as “a public gathering at the entrance to a construction site in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary”.

The arrested man is currently detained in accordance with Art. 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a Garda Station in the County Tipperary area.

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On Tuesday afternoon, a Garda patrol vehicle was also damaged in the same location and its tires were slashed. Investigations are ongoing.

“An Garda Síochána respects the right of citizens to exercise their constitutional rights; this right does not cover breaches of criminal law, interference with the rights of other citizens to carry out everyday activities or attacks on members of An Garda Síochána, a Garda spokesman said.

“Any Garda action in relation to developing events requires a graduated police response, taking into account relevant legislation and public safety, with enforcement as a last resort,” the spokesman added.