HEATED and dramatic protests have stopped the Allsop property sale at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin today.
A handful of protesters - many of whom have lost their homes in the downturn - shouted "Ireland is not for sale" and told the auctioneers to "go home".
After singing the national anthem, the protesters told the crowd that the auctioneers had left the premises "out the back door."
There were cheers following a brief statement when a spokesperson for the hotel said: "Ladies and gentlemen I'm afraid we're going to have to cancel today's auction."
The gardai were called to the protest and protesters told potential bidders to "make the right choice and leave peacefully".
"The auction is not continuing if we have to stay here til evening," they said.
Protester Gerry Calahan - a former publican from Dublin who lost his business - told the auction that they should remember Parnell's instructions on people who bought property on the backs of those who suffered.
"You should shun them in the fairgreen and the market place," he said.
But not all people supported the protest.
"Disgraceful - it's not fair. You cant expect to hold onto your property unless you pay for it. Its commercial property - not family homes," said a man who had come to the auction intending to bid on a premises.