Bank of Ireland forced to close O’Connell St branch in Occupy protest
A BUSY Dublin city centre bank was forced to close for several hours today after protesters entered the building and refused to leave.
About six protesters from the now-defunct “Occupy Dame Street” movement entered the Bank of Ireland branch on O’Connell Street around 1pm yesterday and staged a sit-in to protest over the Government’s bank bailout.
But bank staff closed the bank doors, leaving the protesters inside, out of concerns for their staff and customers, a bank spokeswoman said.
About half a dozen gardai were also called to the bank but no arrests were made and the protesters were let out at 4pm when the bank normally closes.
The bank will resume normal business hours tomorrow, the spokeswoman added.