JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has agreed to accept complaints about the justice system after a 30-minute standoff at his department.
Department of Justice officials had initially locked the doors of their headquarters in St Stephen's Green in Dublin after a crowd of around 40 people turned up to peacefully hand over their complaints in person.
But 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.
Mr Shatter had promised in the Dail last July to personally accept any complaints from people who were unhappy with how they had been treated by the justice system.
The decision was welcomed by Independent TDs Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Joan Collins, who were attending the event.
Mr Flanagan said it was a more satisfactory outcome from Mr Shatter's department.
"It's still a bit worrying that he felt the need to lock the doors, given that it was an obviously peaceful protest," he said.