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No arrests at Dublin Airport, despite traffic chaos during anti-refugee protest

The protest near Dublin Airport happened on Sunday
Suzanne McGonagle

GARDAÍ say no arrests were made close to Dublin Airport on Sunday, despite anti-refugee protesters causing traffic chaos.

Motorists traveling to and from the airport were left at a standstill as the protesters blocked off a road close to the airport roundabout at around 2.30pm.

The crowd gathered were part of an ‘Ireland says No’ protest around immigration.

Video footage shared on social media showed long queues of traffic, while some passengers could be seen walking along grass embankments close to the blocked road in order to get to the airport for their flights.

Dublin Airport had advised passengers about the disruption on routes around the airport.

A statement posted on the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Twitter page said: 'Due to a protest close to the Airport Roundabout, traffic is heavy on the roads around Dublin Airport this afternoon.

'Gardai are at the scene & some traffic diversions are in place. Passengers travelling to the airport this afternoon are advised to allow additional time.'

The DAA later said the protesters had moved on and traffic returned to normal. The route was opened at around 4pm.

A garda spokeswoman also said: "Gardaí attended at a protest at the roundabout at Dublin Airport yesterday Sunday 26th March 2023.

"No arrests were made."

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