Sunday 11 December 2016

Gardai clash with protesters outside city centre bank

John Brennan

Published 08/12/2015 | 18:06

Protesters and gardai outside the Bank of Ireland on College Green. Photo: John Brennan
Protesters and gardai outside the Bank of Ireland on College Green. Photo: John Brennan

GARDAI clashed with protesters trying to occupy the Bank of Ireland on Dublin's College Green this afternoon.

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Chants of “shame on you” rang out from the crowd as gardai removed a handful of protesters who had made their way into the bank during a march.

Alan Lawes, from Navan, said the decision to enter the bank had been “a spur of the moment thing” and hadn’t been pre-planned.

He said he was protesting about social issues like “homelessness, the rent crisis and living conditions.”

A large Garda presence was seen across the city centre during the march - over 50 Gardai were at the Bank of Ireland after the protesters entered.

More chants of “banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” rang out during the ejection.

John Byrne (L) and Mr Timmy McCormack (R) from Wexford.
John Byrne (L) and Mr Timmy McCormack (R) from Wexford.

The march had left Parnell Square at 2pm as over 150 protesters made their way along O’Connell Street before coming up towards College Green.

John Byrne and Timmy McCormack, both from Wexford, said they were against “evictions and water charges”.

They maintained that protests like this one were being organised through social media.

Signs covering everything from water charges, to political corruption and austerity were present.

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