JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has promised to examine complaints about the justice system after a 30-minute stand-off.
Department of Justice officials had initially locked the doors of their HQ in St Stephen's Green, after a crowd of around 40 people turned up to peacefully hand over their complaints in person.
However, after Independent TD Clare Daly contacted Mr Shatter's ministerial office to protest, the doors were opened after 30 minutes and his private secretary came down to accept the complaints one by one.
A spokeswoman for Mr Shatter said that he would consider the complaints that had been submitted.
Mr Shatter had promised last July to personally accept any complaints from people who were unhappy with how they had been treated by the system.
Many of the complaints were from people who believe their allegations against gardai had not been dealt with by the Garda Ombudsman Commission.